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Constructivist Lesson Plan Analysis Teaching Shakespeare is one of the most challenging things an English or Theater teacher can do. To accurately present the information, a teacher must use many strategies concurrently to address the diverse needs of their students. My lesson plan strongly addresses Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, the process of scaffolding information one piece at a time, self-assessment, and resourcing. The concept I used most in my lesson plan is the “Theory of Multiple Intelligences,” as seen by Gardner and Hatch. The theory of multiple intelligences suggests that there are a number of distinct forms of intelligence that each individual possesses in varying degrees. This is in contrast to the old “IQ” way of thinking that has dominated schools for decades. Gardner feels that each form of intelligence is equally important and should be addressed in learners. Gardner proposes eight primary forms of intelligences: linguistic (reading and writing; one of two “standard” intelligences predominately taught in schools. This is a large portion of traditional “IQ” tests), musical (sensitivity to pitch, melody and tone; this is useful for musicians and linguists who study tonal languages of Asian or African decent), logical-mathematical (the ability to comprehend and analyze a long reasoning chain and to recognize patterns; the second “standard” intelligence measured by most standardized tests, including the infamous “IQ” test), spatial (The ability to see fully in three dimensions and to manipulate three dimensional objects mentally, this is especially useful in art and architecture), body- kinesthetic (The link between body and mind; physical control, useful for athletes, actors, dancers, and anyone whose job demands fine motor control), naturalist (the ability to observe, understand and organize the natural world. This is often seen in
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environmentalists, biologists, astronomers, and other scientists. It is commonly associated with the logical-mathematical form of intelligence.), intrapersonal (e.g., insight, metacognition, the ability to be completely self aware), and interpersonal (the ability to notice and make distinctions among others; e.g., social skills. This is seen in salesmen, managers, businessmen, politicians, lawyers, and any other high powered position that is predominately people based.) (Borich, 36-38) My lesson plan’s analysis phase strongly addresses linguistic, musical (due to the poetic nature of Shakespeare and the process of scansion), logical-mathematical (students must logically use context clues and a dictionary to find word meanings, as well as mathematically break down the poetic line into numbered beats), and interpersonal intelligences as they interact with their groups to figure out what the prologue really means. The performance to come will incorporate body-kinesthetic intelligence. Through the use of all different kinds of intelligences, my goal is to be able to reach all
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