Standard 4: Content Knowledge

Category: Content Knowledge

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

Artifact: Informational Text Features Lesson Plan

Description: My Informational Text Features lesson plan provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 4. The lesson plan is organized so that students will learn a central concept of the language arts discipline in an active, accessible and meaningful way that requires them to use inquiry to lead their research. The lesson plan contains two scavenger hunt activities that are intended to be fun, interactive and hands-on activities to help my Language Arts Lab students better identify and understand informative text features. The lesson requires students to search both online and in print magazines for informative text features.

Reflection: My Informational Text Features lesson plan allowed for my professional growth, as it required me to look for engaging and meaningful ways to assure that my students had mastered the required content. Because this was my first time using this lesson plan, in my future teaching practice I will use my reflections to tweak the lesson and will continue to create other meaningful and engaging experiences for students.


Artifact: Interactive Notebook

Description: My students’ Interactive Notebooks provide evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 4. My Grade 7 Language Arts classes created Interactive Notebooks that are to be used as both a reference guide and portfolio of student work not only this year, but in future years as they grow as writers and readers. The notebooks require students to use creativity and inquiry to demonstrate mastery of required subject area content by filling the notebook with their own work on concepts such as plot elements and the parts of an argumentative essay.

Reflection: The experience of working with my students on their Interactive Notebooks allowed for my professional growth, as I was able to observe how much more meaningful and accessible the content became when students took on the responsibility of seeking out and creating examples of language arts concepts. In my future teaching practice, I would like to continue to use Interactive Notebooks and find additional ways to make the experience engaging and meaningful for students.