My biggest but welcome challenge is working with my ELL students. I have found that I don't have to change my teaching style but I definitely need to frame my activities differently. After, what I thought, was a successful unit on the French and Indian War, one of my hardest working and brightest ELL students asked me, "So what was the French and Indian War?" I realized I needed to front load the lesson and activate their vocabulary. When we went to start our unit on the causes of the American Revolution I I decided to show the BrainPop before we started. Instead of having them do the quiz, I gave them individual white boards and asked them to write down any words, phrases and dates they could process from the movie. I them had them get in groups and share their words and make a word cloud poster. Now when we work on the Stamp Act, Townshend Acts, etc. they say that they remember hearing about that one:)
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|My kiddos have been using these graphic organizers both in my class and in ELA and we are having great success. Give them a whirl here!|