Plans & Projects

This section contains samples of my mini-lessons, full learning plans, projects, and research related to education. It is organized according to five categories:

  • ESL Curriculum
  • Social Studies Curriculum
  • Research
  • Other

*Content in each category has been added in the order that it was created. All names have been changed or redacted for privacy.

 

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A. pfeiffer_esl-case-study  This is a case study that I created in my Language Development and Reading Instruction for Exceptional Learners practicum. Over the course of a semester, I worked one-on-one with a five-year-old English Language Learner. During this time, I assessed his reading and language skills, researched interventions that would target his deficits, and created a prescriptive case study for his teacher and his family. (Fall 2015) (case study/learning plan)

B. esl-pfeiffer-essay-newsletter  This article provides a brief narrative of my ESL experiences thus far. I wrote it for the W&M ESL newsletter, ESL Education W&M: Teaching with Compassion and Hope. (Fall 2016) (newsletter/other).

C. ell-stamp-act-lesson-mod-mandarin  This is a lesson that I created for one of the English Learners in my classroom. It was designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History until 1865), and is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment – ESL). It focuses on the Stamp Act, including the concepts of taxes and protests. Effective WIDA instruction includes content and language objectives. Here, I chose to explicitly target the language of “cause and effect,” which was included in the intended standard.

D. Evan Lesson ESL Articles Articles of Confed ESL  This is a lesson that I created for one of the English Learners in my classroom. It was designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History until 1865) and is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and WIDA (World Class Instructional Design and Assessment – ESL). It focuses on the Articles of Confederation (weaknesses). Effective WIDA instruction includes content and language objectives. Here, I chose to reinforce the language and structure of “cause and effect,” which was targeted in the intended standard.

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A. pfeiffer-inquiry-final-draft-w-reflections  This is a learning plan that I created in my Social Studies Curriculum & Instruction Methods class. It was designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History to 1865), and is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). It focuses on how geography/geographic features affected the peoples living in Early North America. In the inquiry model, students learn how to investigate historical questions, activate background knowledge, make hypotheses, modify assumptions, and interpret historical evidence using primary source documents. (Fall 2016)(learning plan)

B. intro-to-exploration-pfeiffer  This is a lesson plan that I designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History to 1865). It is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). This lesson provides a brief introduction to the Age of Discovery (European exploration). (Fall 2016)(lesson plan).

C. shortened-sac-nov-11  This is a learning plan that I created in my Social Studies Curriculum & Instruction class. It was designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History to 1865), and is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). It focuses on  the legacy of Christopher Columbus – specifically whether or not he should be considered a hero for his actions. In the structured academic controversy model (SAC), students engage with primary and secondary sources in order to form contrasting arguments regarding a controversial, open-ended question. Please check out my blog post, Was Christopher Columbus a Hero? to see how the lesson went! (Fall 2016)(learning plan)

D. cooperation-conflict-lesson  This is a lesson plan that I designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History to 1865). It is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). This lesson provides an introduction to the themes cooperation & conflict. Students participated in a problem-solving activity and read about a modern-day scenario (Fall 2016)(lesson plan).

E. Articles of Confed. Role Play  This is a lesson plan that I designed for a 6th grade history class in Virginia (U.S. History to 1865). It is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). This lesson provides a hand-on understanding of the Articles of Confederation. In this lesson, students participate in a variety of scenarios that recreate the experiences under the Articles. (Spring 2017) (lesson plan).

Research

A. evan-pfeiffer-mandela-cuba-final-paper  This is a research paper I submitted for my Senior Capstone Seminar, Histories of Cuban Revolutions. My paper, South Africa and Cuba: A Forgotten Friendship, investigates the relatively unknown relationship that was forged between Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, and Fidel Castro, the revolutionary and former president of Cuba. Specifically, I describe Cuba’s internationalist efforts to combat white supremacy during the era of apartheid. As I describe in my paper, “Ultimately, we must not allow our anachronistic prejudices and predispositions to deny socialist Cuba’s decisive role in the freedom struggle in southern Africa.” (Spring 2015)(research paper).

B. evan-pfeiffer-research-proposal-final This is a research proposal I submitted for my Educational Research Methods class. It is designed to test the effect of music education on the reading and writing achievement of middle school students.  I have included the abstract below (Fall 2015)(research proposal).

The recent implementation of learning standards and initiatives has resulted in a reduction or elimination of fine arts programs in public K-12 schools in the United States. Because many children struggle with reading and the acquisition of language skills, this study has broad implications for educational policy, as it attempts to examine the impact musical training may have on language achievement. My research will examine the effects of a free, six-week, music-enriched summer camp implemented during the summers of ninth and tenth grade on the reading and writing SAT scores of 11th grade students. Its intended sample would consist of 300 volunteer ninth grade students, within a population of approximately 17,000 ninth graders from a large, metropolitan area of Northern Virginia. This sample will be divided equally through random selection to form the experimental and control groups. The experimental group will consist of students who attend the music-enriched summer camp. The control group will consist of students who attend the non-musical summer camp. All participants will take the SAT during the spring of 11th grade. The SAT scores and demographic information of the participants will be analyzed using an independent samples t-test and a MANCOVA to determine whether the results are statistically significant when accounting for variance in demographics.

Keywords: learning standards, fine arts, music training, language achievement, SAT

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