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Glogging About Natural Disasters

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Glogging About Natural Disasters

Grades 5 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Nine 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Kathy Wickline

Kathy Wickline

Tolono, Illinois


National Council of Teachers of English



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As background knowledge to Susan Pfeffer’s novels The Dead and the Gone and Life as We Knew It, students research natural disasters.  In these two companion novels set in two different locations in the United States, the world’s environment has been changed because the moon has been pushed closer to the earth.  This disturbance causes a series of natural disasters and epidemics.  To fully understand the effects natural disasters have had on the world’s environment, each student researches a different natural disaster.  Then they use these facts as well as safety tips in unique glogs, online interactive multimedia posters, that will include student-recorded weather announcements.

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Technology generates opportunities for students to practice their reading skills, analyze information, synthesize that information, and then communicate their findings to others. As Belinha DeAbrue points out in her article "Glogster: A Poster-Sized Look at Student Movie Stars," “attracting the teenagers in today’s very digital and multimedia society has become an issue amongst educators.”  She suggests that using Glogster to make glogs bridges the gap between the classroom and the students’ highly multimedia world outside of the classroom.

Additionally, this web 2.0 tool used in this lesson provides an educational side to its website which provides private access for teachers and students, therefore, creating a safe environment for students of all ages.

Further Reading

Christel, Mary, and Scott Sullivan, eds. 2010. Lesson Plans for Developing Digital Literacies. Urbana, IL: NCTE.

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