Lesson Plan Two

Grade level: Middle School


Language Arts

Level III: Grades 6-8


Standard 4 – Writing

  • Gathers and uses information for research purposes.
  • Organizes information and ideas from multiple sources in systematic ways (e.g., time lines, outlines, notes, graphic representations.


Standard 7 – Reading

  • Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts
  • Summarizes and paraphrases information in texts (e.g., arranges information in chronological, logical, or sequential order; conveys main ideas, critical details, and underlying meaning; uses own words or quoted materials; preserves author’s perspective and voice.


Standard 9 – Viewing


  • Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media
  • Uses a variety of criteria to evaluate and form viewpoints of visual media (e.g., evaluates the effectiveness of informational media, such as web sites, documentaries, news programs; recognizes a range of viewpoints and arguments; establishes criteria for selecting or avoiding specific programs
  • Understands a variety of messages conveyed by visual media (e.g., main concept, details, themes or lessons, viewpoints


Standard 1 – Working with others

  • Contributes to the overall effort of a group.


Visual Arts

Standard 4 – Understands the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

  • Understands the historical and cultural contexts of a variety of art objects.
  • Understands how factors of time and place (e.g., climate, resources, ideas, technology) influence visual, spatial, or temporal characteristics that give meaning or function to a work of art.



Standard 3 – Understands the relationships among science, technology, society, and the individual


  • Knows ways in which technology has influenced the course of history (e.g., revolutions in agriculture, manufacturing, sanitation, medicine, warfare, transportation, information processing, communication).
  • Knows ways in which technology and society influence one another (e.g., new products and processes for society are developed through technology; technological changes are often accompanied by social, political, and economic changes; technology is influenced by social needs, attitudes, values, and limitations, and cultural backgrounds and beliefs).


Historical Understanding
Standard 2 – Understands the historical perspective


  • Understands that specific individuals had a great impact on history.
  • Understands that specific decisions and events had an impact on history.
  • Predicts how events might have turned out differently in one’s local community if specific individuals or groups had chosen different course of action.