How does the teacher take the students from the broad topic of formal versus informal text to a narrow focus of language at the sentence and word level?
She begins by having the students brainstorm examples to get them thinking about the topic. Then she narrows the lesson to review specific texts for close analysis of language use.
How does the teacher help students understand the contexts in which to use formal or informal language? How does she incorporate technology into the lesson?
The class considers examples of personal letters, emails, text messages, blogs, newspaper editorials, etc., and discuss situations and contexts in which they are used. The email example provides students with a context that they are familiar with and interested in.
How does the teacher scaffold the lesson?
She separates the students into ability levels and assigns each group specific tasks to analyze the same text.