200. Carmen, I am having difficulty in deciding what I need to fulfill my project. I learned so much at the State of Arkansas ESL Graduate Academy. I know there is so much that I can do for the ESL students. I work at an Accelerated Learning Center, grades 9-12. The students are 15-21, and our students recover their credits (they have failed at their schools: ie: pregnancy, truancy, family responsibilies, etc.) Many of our kids bring a lot of personal problems with them. I think that I would like to do something with character education (CE) and tie it across the curriculum. I want to include a timeline starting with the assassination of Pres. Kennedy past the Civil Rights Act of 1964. With this activity, I would include the vocabulary, the CR Act and how it affects my ESL students today (compare/contrast, critical thinking skills, writing activities, group interaction.) Across the curriculum would include the reading, language arts, social studies, technology, social skills. I need help. ie: CE: caring, compassion, patience, respect -- heroes during Civil rights movements, and ESL students would discuss a hero here, heroism in the classroom/school. Students read assignments from the internet (technology), use critical thinking skills, discuss the happenings and may come up with why it was important for the targeted group to have caring, compassion, patience,etc.during the struggle and if those traits are prevalent today for each of them and for the citizens of our state. In order words if we have greater character, there is great acceptance for all people.
Your approach is very innovative and interesting.
I am sure students today have NO IDEA what a struggle that was!!! And indeed today they are the beneficiaries of such a tremendous human effort!!!
We need a GREAT lesson on how to appreciate our school heroes today!!! Indeed, the Civil Rights volunteers must have had such traits --caring, compassion, patience, respect!!! They endured so much, and so many LOST their lives!!!
I had recently an assignment in my own class regarding Positive Words. We discussed what the words meant, what the students did at school to deserve such positive words, and what they could do at home or in their communities to deserve such Positive Words. One students said she never did anything at home or in her community to deserve such words!!! I told her the given assignment was a great place to begin!!!!
WOW!!! What a GREAT WORLD this would be IF every citizen would do what is needed to display the qualities you name --caring, compassion, patience, respect!!!! ? I think I would love to have a copy of your lesson to place in my Web Sites!!!!! Thanks for sharing these very preliminary plans for a truly SUPERB unit of instruction!!!!!!!
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