Robert Goldberg Lesson Plan Design

The topic I will be covering for the week is War Crimes in World War II. By the end of this week students should have an understanding of what is a war crime,their presence in the war and perhaps why "normal" people committed them. The Thursday before this week I would have given a pre-assessment war crimes and reviewed it over the weekend. I would make modifications to the plan depending on the assessments results.

Monday : What is a war crime? This will cover various meetings on the matter before and after WW II as well as war crimes committed hundreds of years prior. 

Tuesday  : German War Crimes . Mostly lecture

Wednesday : Japanese War crimes/Mass killings by the Allies. The allies section will be a smaller segment then Japanese but still needs to be addressed. 

Thursday : Why did people participate in these horrific act. The format will be group discussion. if it is a middle school class Wednesday I would give out a sheet which details some of the potential reasons why people involved themselves in these atrocities.  

Friday: Kids will write a paragraph for the first half of class on what they learned this unit. Then we would hold a group discussion that is peer lead with teacher intervention when they get off topic or need a push if they get stuck on a topic.



    • Taylor Bolger
      Taylor Bolger

      I really like the fact that you included a pre-assessment and presented the lessons in a day to day style. However I might suggest that you extend the monday lesson to span two days as there are a lot of war crimes to be mentioned throughout history and if you want to at least touch upon the majority I can see this taking more than one day (I would also recommend opening the floor to student-teacher discussion on the first day to engage students using your original question "What is a war crime?" and to ask them to elaborate on parts of war crimes like 'What determines the severity of a war crime?', 'Can anyone be a victim of/commit war crimes?', and so on.)

      • Brianna Iliceto
        Brianna Iliceto

        It is really good how from the beginning to state what your students should be able to understand by the end of the week. I really liked how you organized this in a weekly format. I also really liked how on Friday you want the students to write a paragraph about what they have learned throughout the week. I feel this will really encourage students to pay the most attention to your classes in order for them to perform well on writing this paragraph. The peer-review section is also a great idea! Will this be part of their grade? 

        • Duffy Brennan
          Duffy Brennan

          This is a very good outline that the students can understand and use to work off of. I also like how the you know what will be done each day and there is variety between each day about how they will learn. I think maybe you might need more time to really talk about the German war crimes so that might be something you need to account for.

          • Nicholas Neuner
            Nicholas Neuner

            I think you clearly established "what" will be learned, but i think you can go more into detail of "why" they will learn it. along with that, the idea of "how " is something you bring to light more towards the end and not as much in the beginning. I think you are heading in a positive direction with this lesson plan and breaking it down even further will help clarify all aspects of the plan.

            • Courtney Pabst
              Courtney Pabst

              I really enjoyed the idea of the pre assessment. This will allow you to see what your students already know about the topic, and what you might need to spend extra time on teaching them. I also like how you changed up your lessons from lectures to group discussions and paragraphs, but I would suggest maybe coming up with  a more fun and engaging activity for your students as well! Overall, you did a nice job on this lesson plan.

              • Olivia Difusco
                Olivia Difusco

                Hi Rob,

                  I'd suggest to add more games/debate/classwork/group work, to break up all the lecturing that is required for the topic you're teaching (In regards to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). I like how you'd have your students write about what they learned and then have a class discussion because it's beneficial to both you and the students. 

                • Christina Katechis
                  Christina Katechis

                  The order you choose to place the lessons flows smoothly, but I'd like to know how you will go about each lesson in more depth.

                  How are the students engaging while you are lecturing?

                  During your lectures you might want to show them videos or have them discuss their ideas in small groups for three minutes. (So they can engage with the content even deeper, and then you  take over again and continue your lecture)

                  I like how on Friday the students write a paragraph on how they perceive what you presented to them. This gives everyone a chance to put what they've learned into play. Mediating the students is definitely necessary, as is giving them a chance to ride the bike without the training wheels. 

                  Nice job, overall- Rovert

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