Grade levels: 8, but may be modified for 6/7 or 8/9
*approx. 70minute class

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:
  1. Using a note taking outline, write down the main points of a given article
  2. Locate Mt. St. Elias and the Elias Range on a map
  3. Describe who the Duke of Abruzzi was and what his main accomplishments were
  4. Use the Internet to retrieve information

Materials:

  • Computer with internet access
  • Poster paper, with markers
  • World map or class set of Atlases
  • Generic note taking graphic organizer
  • Overhead and overhead copy of note talking graphic organizer

Lesson Process:
First: Distribute a KWL (know, want to know, learnt) chart to the class. If you do not have one, go to http://www.edhelper.com/teachers/KWL_and_KWHL_graphic_organizers.htm
On poster paper, have your KWL chart written out.

(10 minutes) In group discussion, begin filling out what people know about the Duke of Abruzzi, the Mt. Elias range, and Mt. St. Elias. You may find the background knowledge is minimal- this is okay.

(10 minutes) In groups of two, have the students brainstorm the W column, or what they’d like to know about the above. Once this is completed, transfer information to the chart. This is a working chart, and information should be added each lesson.

(5 minutes) Next, using the note taking graphic organizer (or one of your own) http://www.englishcompanion.com/pdfDocs/prereadingnotes.pdf
Have the students log on to the internet and go to the Mt. Logan website.

(10 minutes) As a class, read together the first paragraph about the Duke of Abruzzi, and on the teacher’s copy of the notes, model correct note taking skills; writing down the main and supporting details. Next, the students continue to read the article, while looking for main points and writing them down.

(20 minutes) Once completed, the students should use Google and search for any addition information they can find on the internet about the Duke of Abruzzi, and add that information to their notes.

(15 minutes) Go over the notes together- having students give their answers, while the teacher completes the overhead copy of the notes.