Reflection: Standards Alignment Soil! (2 of 2) - Section 3: EXPLAIN (2 of 2): Student presentations


For both of the included presentation clips, students were most concerned about their ability to communicate understanding of content.    During debriefs with both groups, we agreed that a more focused goal of communicating content in an interesting and engaging way would be a more valuable goal.  To develop these goals, we reviewed the following Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards ("Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas").  Students chose one standard and operationalized it.  This means that they described what meeting this standard would look in a presentation.  "Make strategic use of digital media" became "show a graph to highlight an idea."  

Here are the standards used:

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 11-12 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)


  Students create presentation goals
  Standards Alignment: Students create presentation goals
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Soil! (2 of 2)

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 14 of 24

Objective: Students will be able to 1) deliver a presentation about soil; 2) observe soil characteristics in a field study environment; and 3) demonstrate understanding of soil through a short essay or infographic assessment

Big Idea: Soil is an essential component of sustainable food systems. How might we improve our understanding of the role of soil in healthy ecosystems in order to identify soil problems that we can solve through purposeful design?

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