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This is a (somewhat unorganized) list of a variety of readings from picture-vocabulary books in english and other languages, short picture books, short novels, and books of poetry. The list is specific to include multicultural readings as well as pieces in multiple languages. There is a short detail about each recommendation and a link to purchase or learn more.
This document includes poems chosen with purpose. The poems are:
"No One Can Define You" By Deborah Anne Quibell
"Never Give Up" By the Dalai Lama
"Song for the Beautiful Season" By Robert Desnos
"Peace is Every Step" By Thich Naht Hanh
"The Rose That Grew From Concrete" By Tupac Shakur
"Years from Now (Every thing on it)" By Shel Silverstein
Reading, vocabulary, comprehension questions, and writing activities for the following stories:
"The Gifts of Wali Dad" A Tale of India and Pakistan
"The Two Brothers" By Leo Tolstoy
"The Most Beautiful Heart"
"It’s A Marshmallow World" By Murphy Williams
"How to Make a Sno-Cone" By June Melby
This packet includes 10 stories. These vary in difficulty (beginner-intermediate) and length. Each story has comprehension questions, some stories also have grammar and/or vocabulary questions.
Charles is going to the Supermarket
People and Their Jobs
The Park in Spring
After the Rains
The Man in the Blue Car
These reading include: "Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?" "What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?" and "What is the March on Washington?" Though the readings are short, they are thought provoking. There are three activities to accompany these readings: short answer questions, conversation questions and a writing activity. The writing & coloring activity is best done during the conversation. Be sure to create a safe and judgement free conversation environment and allow plenty of time for quiet contemplation.
This packet includes:
A reading from a Culturally Relevant Vignette “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros from The House on Mango Street and community building acitivity.
Examples and plans for how to analyze and select texts for relevance for the class.
Dimensions of bilingual student's biographies
How to analyze and select texts for authenticity
Literature circles and discussion strategies
And the keys to building a culturally relevant classroom library
Facilitator: Amy J. Heineke, Ph.D.
In this writing prompt students will practice writing sentences that create a story. They will choose one photo (photos are included) to write about, using descriptive words to create a story about the photo, the sentences will include: who, what, where, when, why.
Students will write their New Year’s Resolution. They will also write about something or someone that they are proud of. One day they will be proud that they accomplished the resolution that they write today, but it is important that we also remind ourselves of what we have already accomplished. This activity is usually done pretty quietly and involved drawing and introspective writing.
This activity also includes a section of practice writing the future tense.
These writing activities begin with family titles and pronouns, and end with a creative writing assignment to write about a person. There is a useful range here for beginning writers and for intermediate and advanced writers to expand upon the assignment and go further.
This practice allows the student to first prepare for the conversation by writing, then working 1:1 with another person they answer the same questions together, writing the other's answers.
The teacher will cut the "Introduction Conversation Questions” into individual strips and place them in a bag or a container for the pair of people to choose from. You will do the same for the “Surprise Conversation Questions.” If available, it helps to print these 2 sets of questions on papers of different colors. These also work well to end classes; you may hand the questions around the room and end with a person asking the class a question that they choose from the bag/container.
You will need to download the "Introduction Conversation Questions." Click here.
You will also need to download the “Surprise Conversation Questions." Click here.
In this document you will find the following lists of conversation questions to use at any time and in any way during your class. These are a great way to end glass, or allow students a chance to write their own answers ahead of time and share during a class activity.
"Getting to Know Each Other"
The following is a lesson plan to be used for a class of about 12 people, it can easily be adapted for more or less people, and greater or less understanding of English Language. The purpose it to learn about body language (nonverbal communication) and how to use body language effectively. The lesson plan includes 2 class activities and discussion points.