⁣Lesson Plan: Writing a Review of Lewis Falls Trail with Kids

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⁣Lesson Plan: Writing a Review of Lewis Falls Trail with Kids

Grade Level: 9-12

Subject: English / Writing

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.1.A: Introduce precise claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that establishes clear relationships among claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1.B: Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.

- Students will visit Lewis Falls Trail with kids and gather information and experiences for their review.
- Students will write a review of their experience, introducing a precise claim and supporting it with reasons, evidence, and counterclaims.
- Students will practice persuasive writing techniques and effectively communicating their thoughts and experiences.

- Transportation arrangements to Lewis Falls Trail
- Writing materials for students


1. Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin the lesson by discussing the purpose of a review and its role in informing and persuading others about an experience or place.
- Engage students in a conversation about their previous experiences with hiking and their expectations for Lewis Falls Trail.

2. Visit Lewis Falls Trail (4-6 hours):
- Arrange transportation for students to visit Lewis Falls Trail during a designated timeframe.
- Encourage students to take notes and observe various aspects of their experience, such as the trail condition, natural beauty, difficulty level, kid-friendly features, and overall enjoyment.

3. Review Writing Preparation (10 minutes):
- Instruct students to organize their notes and reflections from their visit to Lewis Falls Trail.
- Guide them in formulating a precise claim that reflects their overall assessment of the trail and its suitability for kids.
- Assist students in identifying reasons, evidence, and potential counterclaims to support and strengthen their own claims.

4. Writing Activity (25 minutes):
- Instruct students to write a review of their experience at Lewis Falls Trail with kids, introducing a precise claim and supporting it with reasons, evidence, and counterclaims.
- Encourage them to employ persuasive writing techniques, such as using specific details, providing examples, and anticipating the audience's knowledge level and concerns.
- Remind students to establish clear relationships among their claim, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

5. Peer Review and Revision (10 minutes):
- Assign students to exchange their reviews with a partner for peer review.
- Instruct students to provide constructive feedback on the clarity of claims, organization, use of reasons and evidence, and persuasive writing techniques.
- Allow time for students to revise and improve their reviews based on peer feedback.

6. Sharing and Discussion (5 minutes):
- Allocate time for students to share excerpts from their reviews with the class.
- Open a discussion about the strengths and limitations of Lewis Falls Trail that students mentioned in their reviews.
- Encourage students to provide feedback and engage in respectful debate about each other's claims and counterclaims.

7. Class Reflection and Wrap-up (5 minutes):
- Facilitate a reflection discussion by asking students to share their thoughts on their visit to Lewis Falls Trail and the process of writing a review.
- Discuss the importance of introducing precise claims, providing reasons and evidence, and considering counterclaims in persuasive writing.
- Wrap up the lesson by emphasizing the power of well-reasoned and well-supported reviews in influencing and informing others.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

We’ve been exploring the local mountains a lot lately. This week's video has us hiking the Lewis falls trail in the San Gabriel mountains over Glendora. Even the drive up to the trailhead was enjoyable as it snaked through the canyon. We had never seen the San Gabriel reservoir before and we even saw a few others stops along the way that we’d love to come back to and check out.With its lack of signage, the Lewis falls trailhead is easy to miss. But This old filling tank on the side of the road is a good landmark to use to know you’re close. The trail starts at the next switchback. You should see cars lining the road.I can confidently say Lewis Falls was our favorite hike to date. While it wasn’t the easiest hike with us carrying the kids, it was short at just about a mile round trip. But the path has a lot of fun things to climb up and over. That being said, We couldn’t have accomplished this hike without our kid’s carriers.We went on a day when most of the LA area was in the 90’s but even the heat was no match for the thick shade and cold water running through the creek lining the trail. The weather was almost perfect once we got into the trees.The 50-foot waterfall at the end of the moderately difficult trail caps off the hike. While we were there we dipped our feet into the frozen water and stuck around for about 30 minutes to relax and fed the girl’s lunch. We also enjoyed speaking to the other hiking groups that were up there before we heading back.Overall the Lewis Falls Trail’s a lot of fun. While the trail is too challenging for younger kids to do on their own. Trang and I still managed to carry both our kids in without much trouble. It’s a rewarding hike with a great payoff in the end. Let us know in the comments if you make it up there. Next week we’ll actually be revisiting one of our favorite outdoor spots to beat the heat and spend the day. Until then stay safe.Chapters:0:00 Intro & Drive Up0:17 Finding the Trailhead0:33 The Hike1:25 Lewis Falls Waterfall 1:59 Our thoughts on the HikeWe’ll be sure to link the blog post here once we got it up.Social Links = Check out our Blog http://califoreigners.com Follow us on Facebook http://facebook.com/califoreigners Follow us on Instagram http://instagram.com/thecaliforeignersOur Must-Have Items When We Adventure Out With Our Kids: Our Must-Have Items When We Adventure Out With Our Kids: Lip Sunscreen ~ https://amzn.to/3ieM58m Face Sunscreen ~ https://amzn.to/3PwpV0d or https://amzn.to/3G9l80n Sunscreen ~ https://amzn.to/3GSa3AZ or https://amzn.to/3tL9IuH Insect Repellent ~ https://amzn.to/3yQyKfn or https://amzn.to/3LKs8C3 Bug Bite Suction ~ https://amzn.to/3kcW0gp (works if used immediately)Bug Bite Relief Ointment ~ https://amzn.to/2UMKhdSFirst Aid Spray ~ https://amzn.to/3yVM5zXBandages ~ https://amzn.to/3AXPBLYTweezer ~ https://amzn.to/3kLiS6H Pain reliever medication ~ https://amzn.to/3uftZYq Antihistamine medication ~ https://amzn.to/3uizztlWater Wipes ~ https://amzn.to/2UvPVk9Portable Hand Wash ~ https://amzn.to/3G9h5Bs or https://amzn.to/3wzsasn Water Bottle ~ https://amzn.to/3Gea9TD Lunch Container ~ https://amzn.to/2XZ3ISK Snack Container ~ https://amzn.to/3AM2rMJ Cooler Bag ~ https://amzn.to/3uhKvr0 Ice Packs ~ https://amzn.to/3m1kFDX Umbrella ~ https://amzn.to/3B0yHwpBackpack ~ Minimeis Packing Cubes For Extra Clothes ~ https://amzn.to/39HurW1Baby Carrier ~ https://amzn.to/2ITumECShoulder Carrier ~ Minimeis Stroller ~ https://amzn.to/39CVkh4 Disposable Urinal Bag ~ https://amzn.to/3G3z2kPPortable Toilet ~ https://amzn.to/3sQde6P Compostable Toilet Bags ~ https://amzn.to/3zQkBzn Urine absorption pellets ~ https://www.tractorsupply.com/....tsc/product/tractor- Camera ~ https://amzn.to/3meJCuALens ~ https://amzn.to/2J7uxg9We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.- - - - -Music by: INOSSIListen: https://spoti.fi/2EzvEA6Watch: https://youtu.be/9UE3BAHfmQA

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