Collaborative Lesson Idea
A Golden Legacy
English, U.S. History, Family and Consumer Sciences, Special Education
- Collect information by observation and personal interview.
- Use information collected to compose nonfictional and fictional literature.
- Plan and implement a reception for a group off-site.
- Interact with people of different cultures and ages.
Taking it out of the classroom
Students visit an assisted-living facility throughout the year to interact with and collect information from the residents. They participate in activities with them and later shared the results of their research.
- Computers and printers
- Foods, equipment, and supplies, as needed
- Craft supplies
- All students visit an assisted-living facility.
- To complete English assignments, students conducted interviews with residents to collect an oral history of their lives. They used this information to compose biographies, poems, narratives, and research papers.
- Special education students work with residents on craft projects, including making wreaths and Mother’s Day gifts. They also made a timeline of events in the lives of residents.
- To complete an assignment for work and family studies, students determine food preferences of residents and research dietary needs of older adults. They prepare and serve meals for residents and guests attending a reception and presentation at the end of the year.
Evaluation of student performance
Individual and team performances rated acceptable according to teacher’s guidelines for each assignment and end-of-year survey of residents
Related Academic Standards of Learning
History and Social Science
This lesson idea came from Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Virginia Beach Central Academy
Mary Dees, English teacher
Paulette Laverty, Special Education teacher
Margaret Lovell, Special Education teacher
Melanie Pahno, English teacher
Lynette Patrick, Work and Family Studies teacher
Kathy Weck, Special Education teacher