Monday, August 4, 2008

For Supervisor

Blog Post # II) Lesson/Unit Plan to your supervisor – in this blog post you explain your plan as if you were really going to do this on the job at school and you are providing your supervisor the lesson plan for it

UNIT: Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?

Subject: 10-11th Grade ELA class with Advanced ESL students

Teacher’s reasoning for Unit:
The idea behind this unit came after I watched Randy Paush’s last lecture. In this lecture, Proffesor Paucsh advises adults to decide whether they are a Tigger or an Eeyore to further reflect on their life. He makes the claim, that Tiggers are the ones achieving the impossible, smiling all the time, and satisfying their personal goals. Eeyores are naturally gloomy, expecting the worst and not dreaming enough. Whereas, I do see how being a Tigger can assist students (and teachers) with more of a positive attitude, I wanted them to explore this topic on their own. In fact, the most balanced of people are probably the most comforted. The students are to use 2 short stories from the Winnie the Pooh series to explore these areas of limitlessness vs. limiting, intelligence vs. wisdom, etc.

This is a web based unit, and all materials can be found on the Internet. Students are still asked to manipulated text and utilize classic ELA functions via character analysis and writing prompts. All worksheets, slideshows, rubrics, PowerPoint are original and created by teacher.

The Assessments are two character map worksheets which analyze the personality traits of Tigger and Eeyore, and a PowerPoint presentation which culminates the students’ reflections. Students are asked to make text to self connection in a reflection slide on their power point. The character map worksheets and PowerPoint writing prompts are designed as pre-emptive writing prompts for Regents essays. They are to use Essential Question and show evidence using quotes and analysis.

For Student

Rubrics and other info about Project:
The 411:
You will deliver all assignments via email. Send to There are 2 assignments in this unit. Please look at Rubrics BEFORE you begin them. Here is a check list of what I should recieve from you when everything is complete.
Assignment 1: 2 Character Map Worksheets
  • Charcter Map 1: Eeyore
  • Character Map 2: Tigger

Assignment 2: 2 Separate PowerPoint Presentations.

  • 1 Rough draft PPT (approximately 3 slides)
  • 1 Final PPT (approximately 3 slides)

Rubrics: Look over these before, during, and after assignments 1 and 2.

Read this document on Scribd: rubrics 1 and 2

REVIEW: Before you start Assignment 1, click on the links below to review some terms used in this unit.
Winnie the Pooh : Famous bear who balances out his friends
Tigger : Happy go lucky 'Tigger' who is bouncy-bouncy-bouncy
Eeyore: Gloomy gray donkey who is always losing his tail
Personality Traits: See what Wikipedia has to say about this commonly used phrase

Friday, August 1, 2008

For Student: Assignment Directions

Unit: Are you a Tigger or an Eeyore?

INTRO to UNIT: We already learned that authors create literary characters to send a message to readers about life.Currently, many fancy pants theorists and authors are studying Tigger and Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh series as metaphors for how real people (like you and me) approach life. In this unit, you will explore how Tigger and Eeyore utilize their different personality traits to deal with adversity. By the end of this unit, you will hopefully discover your inner Tigger or inner Eeyore.

Assignment 1 : Short Story and Character Map Worksheet'

'A Comparison of Eeyore and Tigger's opposing personalities'

Directions 1-7: Click on hyperlinks to retrieve assignments and short stories.

  1. Read Chapter 6: "Eeyore gets 2 birthday presents"
  2. Complete the worksheet: Chapter 6: Eyore
  3. Read "Tiggers Dont Climb Trees"
  4. Complete the worksheet Tigger Character Map
  5. Link to worksheets
  6. Save and email me back at
  7. Click on Slideshow below to view the strengths and weaknesses of Tigger and Eeyore.

**TIP*** the notes in this slideshow will help you with the worksheet

Assignment 2: " Essential Question Power Point "

Directions 1-9:
1. View the slideshow ‘Essential Questions for Final Project’.

2. Choose one Essential Question from slideshow to use.

3. View the slideshow presentation: 'Assignment 2.Ms. Gs Example w Q’s '

4. Follow the directions in slides 1-3 to help you prepare your ROUGH DRAFT model.
5. Refer to text to answer questions. Use either story.
Link to stories:


6. When finished with rough draft ppt. send to
7. Copy and Paste rough draft ppt. into new doc. Label it Final Draft.PPT, your name.
8. Your Final PPT should have 3 slides:

  • 1st slide: Essential Q picture slide: the original E.Q slide
  • 2nd slide: Flash Draft (your answers without q’s)
  • 3rd slide: Reflection answers and image(only complete sentences here, without q’s)

9. When finished send to