High School Mathematics Lesson Plan: Algebra

Each lesson in the Adolescent Literacy Toolkit is designed to support students through the reading/learning process by providing instruction before, during, and after reading/learning.

Note that lessons incorporate the gradual release of responsibility model. When this model is used within a single lesson and over several lessons, students are provided with enough instruction and guidance to use the literacy strategies on their own. The following lesson includes some examples of explicit instruction and modeling, guided practice, and independent practice, but students need more practice and feedback than is possible within the context of a single lesson.

Bold print indicates a direct link to the Content Area Literacy Guide where readers will find descriptions of literacy strategies, step-by-step directions for how to use each strategy, and quadrant charts illustrating applications across the four core content disciplines.

The following lesson plan and lesson narrative show mathematics teachers how they can incorporate the use of literacy strategies to support high school students to learn mathematics content and concepts. The lesson is designed for a one block period (80–90 minutes) or two traditional classes (50 minutes).

|Instructional Outcomes | | | |NCTM Standards: 10.1 Analyze patterns, relations, and functions of one and two variables. | |1.4 Monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving. | | | |Content Learning Outcome: Students will learn how to think about and connect mathematics text, examples, and exercises to determine when to | |use algebraic solutions to solve systems of equations. | |Literacy Support Strategies and Instruction | | | |Before reading/learning: Think-Aloud (teacher modeling) | |Materials: Sample of a real-life problem that demonstrates how elimination, addition, or subtraction can be used to solve a system of | |equations (see clothing sale example below) | | | |During reading/learning: Think-Aloud (whole group guided practice) | |Materials: Text selection for using elimination, addition, or subtraction to solve a system of equations, and a prepared Think-Aloud on how to| |solve the system of equations (see sample below) | | | |After reading/learning: Think-Aloud (individual/paired group practice) | |Materials: Text selection with explanation and examples of how to solve the...