Subject: Social Studies Theme/Topic

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Lauren Boden

EDU 9014

Lesson 8

Classroom profile:

20 students: 10 boys, 10 girls

English Language proficiency level: Intermediate

Countries of origin: El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala
Subject: Social Studies

Theme/Topic: Heroism

Grade/Level: 7th grade intermediate
Content Objective:

  1. SWBAT identify the characteristics of a hero.

  2. SWBAT describe how Oskar Schindler was a hero of the Holocaust.

Language Objective:

1. SWBAT identify and define new vocabulary presented in an article.

Learning Strategy Objective:

1. SWBAT utilize a Venn diagram to compare their hero to Oskar Schindler.

Other strategies that could be used: read aloud, sentence starters, word map, semantic map

Common Core Standards:

7.RIT.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

7.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection and research.

7.SL.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text or issue under study.

7.SL.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts and issues, building on others/ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Materials: SMART Board, Schindler’s List clip, Heroism article, venn diagram, journals

  1. The teacher will begin class by asking the students what they know about the Holocaust. Students will discuss as a class.

  2. The teacher will show a short clip of the movie Schindler’s List to the students and tell them they will be reading about a hero of the holocaust today.

  3. The teacher will preview the vocabulary words: ammunition, enamelware, efficient and barracks.


1. The teacher will name and explain the aim and objectives for the lesson.

2. The students and teacher will take turns reading the article aloud. The teacher will stop to ask and answer questions as well as clarify some information.

  1. Upon completion of the reading the students will develop a list of characteristics of a hero as seen in the reading.

  2. The teacher will create a list on the board of the characteristics the students supply.

  3. The teacher will explain that the students will be writing about their hero. The students will “turn and talk” to their partner about who they are going to chose to write about and why.

  4. The teacher will explain that first, the students will need to compare and contrast their hero with Oskar Schindler using a Venn diagram. The teacher will name, explain and model how to use the diagram by comparing Oskar Schindler to Barack Obama.


  1. The students will fill out their own Venn diagram comparing their hero to Oskar Schindler.

  2. They will use the article and the list of characteristics to fill in their section about Schindler and their own knowledge to describe their hero.


1. The students will fill out and exit ticket with three characteristics of a hero written on it.


1. The students will turn their Venn diagrams into an journal writing assignment where they will write about their hero and how they affected their life. In their writing they will include three sentences about how their hero is similar or different to Oskar Schindler in the introduction or conclusion paragraph. This journal entry could be turned into an essay assignment if time allows.

Assessment: The students will be assessed on the completion of their graphic organizer and their journal entry.

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