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Unit Plan: The Amazon Rainforest

TEACHER: Stuart Philip


YEAR
7


LEVEL
4


DURATION
6 weeks





Achivement Objectives Being Assessed

Learning Outcomes

The Arts: Drama
Developing Practical Knowledge in Drama





The Arts: Drama
Developing Ideas in Drama


The Arts: Drama
Communicating and Interpreting in Drama


The Arts: Drama
Understanding Drama in Context


English: Writing
Transactional Writing





English: Writing
Expressive Writing





Science: Making Sense of Planet Earth and Beyond






Science: Making Sense of the Living World






Social Studies: Time, Continuity, and Change
causes and effects of events that have shaped the lives of a group of people





Social Studies: Time, Continuity, and Change
how and why people experience events in different ways





Social Studies: Place and Environment
how places reflect past interactions of people with the environment





Social Studies: Culture and Heritage
why and how individuals and groups pass on and sustain their culture and heritage





AIMS

Students will learn what deforestation is and how it affects the groups of people involved in this process.

FOCUSING QUESTIONS

Who are the people who are involved in the deforestation of the amazon?

How are the people affected?



How is the Amazon rainforest affected?



TEACHER BACKGROUND READING

· The Best Laid Schemes o' Mice and Men: Exploring the Interplay Between Context, Role and Frame in Process Drama
http://www.gu.edu.au/centre/cpci/atr/journal/volume5_article5.htm

· Assessing in the Arts
http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/arts/whatmeasure.asp

· Basic Steps in the Research Process
http://www.crlsresearchguide.org/

· What can Drama do for Literacy
http://www.tki.org.nz/r/arts/artspd/research/updates6_e.php

LEARNING SEQUENCE


Teaching and Learning Experiences

Ongoing Assessment Approaches




Drama assessment. Assessing students during drama lesson.

Summative Assessment

Assessing their letter and Diaries (English), Posters and presentation at community meeting (Social Studies, English, Science and drama), Assessing their drama performance at end of unit while in role.

ASSESSMENT

English: Writing

Transactional Writing

LEVEL 4

Criteria:



Students will: Write a formal letter expressing a point of view about the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest



English: Writing

Expressive Writing

LEVEL 4

Criteria:



Students will: Keep an on-going dairy that reflects their thoughts in role about the community and deforestation.



Science: Making Sense of Planet Earth and Beyond

LEVEL 4

Criteria:



Students will: Be researching about the greenhouse effect and global warming.




Science: Making Sense of the Living World

LEVEL 4

Criteria:



Students will: Understand the importance of the rainforest in its ecosystem and understand the importance of the food cycle within the rainforest.



Social Studies: Time, Continuity, and Change

LEVEL 4

causes and effects of events that have shaped the lives of a group of people

Criteria:



Students will: Perform in role through process drama and look at the effects of deforestation has on the people.



Social Studies: Time, Continuity, and Change

LEVEL 4

how and why people experience events in different ways

Criteria:



Students will: Students will explore different oppinions through reseaching about the reasons why deforestation is occuring.



Social Studies: Place and Environment

LEVEL 4

how places reflect past interactions of people with the environment

Criteria:



Students will: Perform in role and explore different interactions when the environment changes through past and present tense.



Social Studies: Culture and Heritage

LEVEL 4

why and how individuals and groups pass on and sustain their culture and heritage

Criteria:



Students will: research about the traditions and heritage of the native Indian people and use the information to perform in role.



RESOURCES

Electronic

Other Web Resources

· www.tki.org.nz

New Zealand Curriculum Exemplars

· The Arts Exemplars
http://www.tki.org.nz/r/assessment/exemplars/arts/index_e.php

· English Exemplar Project
http://www.tki.org.nz/r/assessment/exemplars/eng/index_e.php

· Science Exemplar Project
http://www.tki.org.nz/r/assessment/exemplars/sci/index_e.php

Print

· Through report used library books as a basis for research.


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