Students will be instructed in how to make a meme to display their understanding and mastery of roots and affixes. For simplicity memes will be created using printer, paper, and pen/marker/pencil. Memes
This lesson focuses on teaching kid's to create a meme that can encapsulate/summarize the information that they have learned in previous lessons regarding pre-fixes and affixes. By creating a meme the students will demonstrate that they can think through different affixes and roots to find an exemplar which can be portrayed through visual media.
- The lesson should be completed in at most 2, 30-minute therapy sessions
- This lesson is meant for face-to-face therapy
Background for Teachers
This lesson is intended to be a culminating lesson once your students have reached mastery with prefixes, suffixes as well as some common roots. Please keep in mind:
- To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of how to create memes
- You will need knowledge about common pre-fixes and suffixes
- The following resources may be of help:
- Reading Rockets is parent and student friendly langauge
- If you have not yet taught prefixes and suffixes here is a good explanation with some free worksheets - enchantedlearning.com
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
- Students will be able to understand how to create a meme
- Students will be able to understand how to use affixes in conjunction with visuals to demonstrate their knowledge.
- Students will create a meme that visually demonstrates the power of affixing an affix.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
Student Background Knowledge
Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of affixes and roots. This is not where you start!
Strategies for Diverse Learners
All students in your therapy sessions are diverse learners. Ensure that this lesson matches their IEP goals.
Ensure you have access to a color printer as well as drawing/writing implements needed to create the physical versions of memes.
Step 3 - Instruction
1. Show the students an example meme. Here is mine:
2. Discuss how memes can be a play on words, or a catchy title to a visual.
3. Discuss how an affix meme will visually show the difference between the meaning of the root word with and without the affix. Here is my example:
4. Explain that for therapeutic simplicity you will print student photos and they can draw/write on the pictures to create the meme.
5. Review copyright difficulties and need to cite sources for pictures and information.
6. Provide students with access to Wikimedia Commons to search images.
7. Wrap up first session with homework to choose their root, affix, and images to complete their project during the next therapy session.
8. To start session 2, preview previous instruction.
9. Review student choices for root, affix, and image.
10. Print and provide materials for drawing/writing as needed.
11. Allow students to create memes.
12. Review student's memes with therapy group.
Step 4 - Assessments
Review student memes to ensure that their roots, affixes, and images match and work together to demonstrate correct understanding of the affixes and roots topic. Use the simple rubric below to verify if your student's are ready to move on to the next target. All items must be accurately addressed to move on.
|Target||Failed Attempt||Succesful Attempt|
|Image, root, and affix provided in meme.||No - redo lesson and reteach targets||Yes - ready to continue to next speech goal/target|
|Root and affix combine to convey a real word||No - redo lesson and reteach targets||Yes - ready to continue to next speech goal/target|
|Image matches meaning conveyed by combined root and affix||No - redo lesson and reteach targets||Yes - ready to continue to next speech goal/target|