General Information and Overview of the Class
Students need not bring any supplies to this class, except a pencil; all other supplies are provided. The class is divided into three parts: warm-up, thematic units and computer study. During warm-up, students practice using vocabulary and applying concepts in mathematics and science. Then during the thematic unit, students further increase their academic English skills by studying social studies or literature through some aspect of history or culture. For instance, students have studied the history of Pueblo, Japanese culture, and the history of the Mayas and Aztecs, along with Spanish Colonial history. They also study writing and English grammar and practice correct usage in activities from Step Up to Writing. On Thursdays they read the nonfiction articles in the computerized program Trueflix to increase comprehension in core content areas that span the Middle School curriculum.
Ms. White's office hours are Tuesdays 3:30 pm-4:30 pm.
WIDA Standard for English Language Acquisition in the state of Colorado:
English Language Learners communicate for social and instructional purposes in Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
CURRICULUM CONTENT AND OBJECTIVES FOR 2017/2018
Fall Semester 2017 Journal (Warm-up):
Content Vocabulary Workout Grades 6-8: Mathematics Lessons 11-16
Students will review and apply key mathematics vocabulary and concepts in short lessons and activities.
They will demonstrate their progress in comprehension of academic mathematics vocabulary in pre- and posttests.
Fall Semester 2017 Thematic Unit:
The Survival Guide to Bullying by Aija Mayrock
Students will be introduced to the topic of bullying and cyberbullying through the youtube videos produced by the author and the film "Cyberbullying" by Discovery Education.
They will read and respond to the text in a variety of language arts activities including self-assessments, poetry read-alouds, poetry analysis, definition of vocabulary, identification of parts of speech, letter writing, word searches, dialogues and role play, and paragraphs. They will complete a culminating project from among these choices: a brochure, a powerpoint, a letter to the principal or student council, a poster or a flyer that illustrates the problem of bullying and offers a solution.
Spring Semester 2018 Journal (Warm-up):
Earth Science Daybook: Unit 1 Earth's Surface
Students will demonstrate their comprehension of earth science concepts in scored notebook activities and vocabulary quizzes related to topography, geology, energy, and archaeology.
Spring Semester 2018 Thematic Unit 1: The History of English and English Grammar
Students will study the history of English in an article from the Champion Reader Blue entitled, "What is English?" which describes the development of English from Old English to Modern English. The article reviews English structures such as vocabulary borrowed from other languages, synonyms and antonyms, homographs, homophones, root words and affixes. Students will review these types of usages in accompanying activities and exercises.
Spring Semester 2018 Thematic Unit 2: World Cultures
Students will then resume their study of World Cultures with a series of fiction and nonfiction readings and accompanying writing assignments from the Common Core Support Coach text. Subsequent to their study of the history of English, students will revisit Medieval English culture from last year, when they learned to play chess and read Excalibur, by reading biographical and poetic sources on King Arthur. Next, they will continue to integrate social studies and language arts curriculum in a study of Egyptian, Chinese, Nordic, Italian, and Polynesian cultures in the same text cited above.
The district offers CTE opportunities for students without regard to race, color, national origin, gender or handicap. The district provides an assurance that lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.
Pueblo County School District 70 does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, or handicap (disability) in admission or access to, or treatment, or employment in its education programs or activities. Inquiries about ADA, Section 504, and Title IX may be addressed to the Superintendent of Schools, 24951 East Highway 50, Pueblo, Colorado 81006. 719-542-0220