Houston Baptist University

School of Education

Lesson Plan Format

Subject: Language Arts

Time Estimate:  2 days                                                            Grade Level: 12

Unit: Science Fiction                                                                 Topic: Gathering Data


  1. Gather data and create a graph from the data.


  1. Students will gather data by way of interviewing
  2. Students will use MS Excel to create a graph
  3. Students will be able to analyze the data


  1. follow and give complex oral instructions to perform specific tasks, answer questions, or solve problems and complex processes;
  2. give presentations using informal, formal, and technical language effectively to meet the needs of audience, purpose, and occasion, employing eye contact, speaking rate such as pauses for effect, volume, enunciation, purposeful gestures, and conventions of language to communicate ideas effectively
  3. participate collaboratively, building on the ideas of others, contributing relevant information, developing a plan for consensus-building, and setting ground rules for decision-making

Materials/Resources/Technology needs/Room set up: Computers for access to Excel


Instructional Procedures


Focusing Event:


Writing Prompt: Ask students to compile a list of their five favorite science fiction movies


Teaching/Learning Procedures:

  1. Students will share their movies aloud. A list will be compiled either on the board or in a shared document.
  2. Students will spend the day asking their friends what movies on the list are their five favorites.
  3. Students will compile data and create a graph showing how many students like each movie.
  4. The resulting graphs will be shared and become part of their unit grade.
  5. The data will be used to help students pick a science fiction genre to write in.


Formative Check (ongoing or specific): Students will update shared document with the teacher as they work.



Reteaching (alternative used as needed): as an alternative for students that have trouble with the math, extra help will be provided in converting the statistics into a graph.



Closure: Students will see that their fellow students have similar interests in movies and will see commonalities in the preferences.


Assessment/Summative Evaluation: rubric as provided


Graphing: Science Fiction Movies
Teacher Name: Mr. Triplett
Student Name:     ________________________________________
Type of Graph ChosenGraph fits the data well and makes it easy to interpret.Graph is adequate and does not distort the data, but interpretation of the data is somewhat difficult.Graph distorts the data somewhat and interpretation of the data is somewhat difficult.Graph seriously distorts the data making interpretation almost impossible.
Data TableData in the table is well organized, accurate, and easy to read.Data in the table is organized, accurate, and easy to read.Data in the table is accurate and easy to read.Data in the table is not accurate and/or cannot be read.
Neatness and AttractivenessExceptionally well designed, neat, and attractive. Colors that go well together are used to make the graph more readable. A ruler and graph paper (or graphing computer program) are used.Neat and relatively attractive. A ruler and graph paper (or graphing computer program) are used to make the graph more readable.Lines are neatly drawn but the graph appears quite plain.Appears messy and \”thrown together\” in a hurry. Lines are visibly crooked.
Date Created: Feb 20, 2017 07:14 pm (CST)