TEL Lesson Plan
Communicating with Patients

Grade Level: 11-12
Subject: Health Science: Nursing Education; English/Language Arts: Reading; Computer Literacy; Computer Technology; English/Language Arts: Speech
Time Frame: 1 class - topic intro; 1 class - presentations


Student groups will research a topic related to geriatric healthcare; Finding and using material written for patients, they will create a poster explaining the material, include a list of helpful resources, and role-play the healthcare provider explaining the material to the patient and a family member.

Databases/Other Resources

Health and Wellness Resource Center, MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth


Student groups will research a topic related to geriatric healthcare. Finding and using material written for patients, they will create a poster explaining the material, include a list of helpful resources, and role-play the explanation of the material by the healthcare provider to the patient and a family member.

One class session will be used to introduce the topic; most work will be conducted out of class over a week-long period; and will conclude with one class session devoted to in-class role-play presentations.


Steps for Teacher

Steps for Librarian

Demonstrates the following online resources, explaining their usefulness for finding patient-oriented material: Health and Wellness Resource Center, MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth. Explains MedlinePlus’ mission as a provider and selector of reliable and trustworthy online healthcare information and material.

Steps for Student

Acting as a group:

  1. Researches assigned topic using TEL health databases and government patient education resources.
  2. Selects appropriate material written for patients.
  3. Extracts and condenses the information into a poster to use in educating patients.
  4. Produces a list of useful resources for further information that could be given to the patients.
  5. Roleplays the patient education with one student serving as the healthcare provider, one as the patient, and one as the family member.

Related Activities

Visit an area nursing home or senior citizen center.

Content Standards

Health Science/Nursing Education

Standard 1.0: The student will know and apply the academic subject matter required for proficiency within nursing education.

Standard 3.0: The student will demonstrate client/patient interaction skills depending on the social, emotional, spiritual, and related needs of the person and/or family.

English/Language Arts--Reading

Standard: The student will develop the reading skills necessary for word recognition, comprehension, interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of print and non-print text.

Computer Literacy

Standard 3.0: Students will use technology productivity tools.

Standard 4.0: Students will use technology communication tools.


Computer Technology--Research & Applications: Computer Applications

Standard 4.0: The student will research and apply typography, layout, design, and composition concepts and guidelines for preparation of documents.

English/Language Arts--Speech

Standard: The student will develop the skills to generate ideas, research topics, organize information, and prepare for oral presentations.



Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Health Science/Nursing Education

Learning Expectations:

The student will:

1.1 Demonstrate the use of medical information resources.

3.1 Demonstrate the ability to adapt communication to individual/family's needs (i.e., age and development, multicultural/multilingual needs).

English/Language Arts--Reading

Learning Expectations:

Develop independent pre-reading strategies to facilitate comprehension.

Computer Literacy

Learning Expectations:

3.1 Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.
3.2 Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.

4.1 Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
4.2 Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.

Computer Technology--Research & Applications: Computer Applications

Learning Expectations:

4.1 Analyze composition processes. (Gateway English II 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0)


English/Language Arts--Speech

Learning Expecatations:



Performance Indicators State

Health Science/Nursing Education

Performance Indicators:

The student will:

1.1  Use appropriate abbreviation, prefixes, suffixes, root words, and spelling of all medical terminology.

2.1  Prepare a poster and role-play team member specific roles, responsibilities and functions.

3.1a Using a scenario, assess students’ ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of understanding.

English/Language Arts--Reading

Performance Indicators:
None listed on the Dept. of Education website.


Computer Literacy

Performance Indicators:

Computer Technology--Research & Applications: Computer Applications

Performance Indicators:

Applies ethical conduct providing the proper credit to those whose ideas and
content has been used in creating interactive multimedia projects.

Prepares a layout using typography specifications.

English/Language Arts--Speech

Performance Indicators:

None listed on the Dept. of Education website.



Assessment will be based on choice of materials (40%), execution of poster and resource list (40%), and in-class presentation (20%).

ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

1. Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.


2. Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

1.1.1 Follow an inquiry- based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real- world connection for using this process in own life.

1.1.2 Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.

1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

1.1.5 Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, appropriateness for needs, importance, and social and cultural context.

1.1.7 Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, and point of view or bias.

1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.

1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.

1.3.1 Respect copyright/ intellectual property rights of creators and producers.

2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful.

2.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.

2.2.4 Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning.

2.3.1 Connect understanding to the real world.

3. Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.

3.2.3 Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others.