FINAL PROJECT

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FINAL PROJECT

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This lesson is based on the genre curriculum cycle

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The level of the students : intermediate Age :15/16 years old Student´s interests : most of the students are interested in how to treat and stop bullying . That is why we chose that topic for the class

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Genre : reflective writing

Students are going to write a personal reflection about Lizzie Velasquez´s story I chose this genre because I consider it is very important to read what teenagers have to say as regards bullying Lizzie Velasquez has inspired hundreds of people . I am sure my students will be inspired too

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Presenting models of texts

Three models of reflective writing: the teacher will form three groups and each group will work with one reflective writing text on cyberbullying. Each text is authentic and has been written by a teenage student who has second-hand experience with cyberbullying. Students will be given reading comprehension tasks to focus on main ideas, examples and new vocabulary connected to cyberbullying.

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Here are the three links with the three essays that the teacher will give to the students

https:// www.teenink.com/hot_topics/bullying/article/454500/Stand-Up https:// www.teenink.com/hot_topics/what_matters/article/176841/Bullying-The-Four-Eyed-Kids https://www.teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civics/article/300324/School-Bullying-and-its-Consequences /

https:// www.teenink.com/hot_topics/bullying/article/454500/Stand-Up https:// www.teenink.com/hot_topics/what_matters/article/176841/Bullying-The-Four-Eyed-Kids https://www.teenink.com/opinion/social_issues_civics/article/300324/School-Bullying-and-its-Consequences /

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Types of Cyberbullying

Gossip Exclusion Fraping

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Harrasment Cyberstalking Outing and Trickery

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SETTING

Based on the model texts provided in the previous stage, the teacher organizes a class discussion: Each of the three groups explains to their classmates the author’s experience by answering these questions: What happened? How did it make him/her feel? What was good or bad? What conclusions does the author draw? What actions does he/she suggest taking?

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Experiential knowledge : during the discussion, the teacher will ask students if they have experienced or witnessed similar cases of cyberbullying

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Lizzie Velasquez´s story

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After that , students are going to watch a Ted talk that Lizzie gave some years ago

Click here

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Modelling and deconstruction

For this stage in the sequence, students work with the original three model texts provided at the beginning. Each of the three groups must identify parts in the text that they can label as: Description of the situation Feelings, responses Evaluation (the right and wrong of the situation)

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Author’s analysis Conclusion Action to be taken After students identify and label these parts of the text, they will be guided to complete a chart which compares the three essays in terms of the labels above. Analysis stage: The teacher, exemplifies each label with specific words used by the writers to describe, evaluate, concluding and persuading the reader about a stance.

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Joint construction

In this stage, the teacher asks students to form smaller groups than the larger original three groups. In groups of no more than three students, they follow these instructions: 1)Watch Lizzie Velasquez’s TED Talk once again and write down each of the group member’s response.

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2) Webquest: guided online research on Lizzie Velasquez on blogs, social networks. This stage will help students develop a sounder idea of her cyberlife. By reading comments on social media, the group can get a closer look at the nuances of cyberbullying and think about possible actions to be taken. 3) For the final activity of this stage, the group must write the following parts of the reflective essay.

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independent construction

After writing the first draft of the essay, students will assess one of their classmate’s first draft. They pair up to give feedback to each other based on structure of the essay and ideas they have.

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Students are given the following chart to start writing their reflective essay:

Describe Feelings Evaluate Analyse Conclude Action Describe what happened How did it make you feel? What was good or bad? What sense can you make of the situation? (Include external issues) What general and specific conclusions can you draw? What next, or what will you do next time? Adapted from Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery (2016, pp. 70-72).

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Students will be asked to write a personal reflective essay about Lizzie Velasquez The essay must have between 180 and 200 words Students must use some of the vocabulary learnt about bullying Students must use linking words

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Assessment

The teacher will evaluate students according to the rubric mentioned before Originality will be considered and the correct use of grammar