Webmix with resources for ESL

symbaloo webmix English 5Symbaloo is a useful tool for digital teaching and learning resources. I have unfortunately not been successful in embedding the webmix here, instead what you see is a linked image.

Please feel free to use the webmix English 5 – ENGENG05 for your studies or teaching, but note that this webmix is an active teaching tool and in a continuous process of change and adjustement.

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Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

Lesson plan Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for lessons which are 60- 90 minutes long.  The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan or read online.

Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


Lesson 2

I. The teacher starts the lesson with asking students about their work so far.

II. then introduces a short background to slavery in the USA

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Slave Auction, image in Public Domain

Watch Origins of Slavery in America 1413400011_movie

Students then read the text that supplements the film (same link as for the film)

More information can be found at  Spartacus Educationel: Slavery in America


III. The teacher the also introduces a short background to Australia’s Stolen Generations.

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”The term “Stolen Generations” is used for Aboriginal people forcefully taken away (stolen) from their families betweenthe 1890s and 1970s, many to never to see their parents, siblings or relatives again. Because the period covers many decades we speak of “generations” (plural) rather than “generation”

A guide to Australia’s Stolen Generations

Also watch (if possible) a short extract from the motion picture Austrialia, where the boy Nullah is taken. 1413400011_movie



IV. Continue with a group activity.

”Group activity (in class) – In groups of 3-5 students discuss and compare the different issues of slavery in America and The Stolen Children in Australia.

Hand in: Either take notes or make a recording of your discussion and hand in before the end of the lesson.


V. Students continue their work with researching their chosen topic. Save the search results and add these to the document ’list of sources’ already set up.


VI.The teacher shows students how to use the HarvardGenerator for referencing web sources. Just cut and paste your url (the text in you search window) and you will get a proper reference, which you then cut and paste into your reference list.

A. An example: The film Australia (below) with the link http:// http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455824/ Should look like this….

Australia (2008) – IMDb. 2015. Australia (2008) – IMDb. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0455824/. [Accessed 08 September 2015].

… in your list of sources


Homework for next lesson:

Homework 2: Hand in a document with your list of sources in proper format using the HarvardGenerator  for referencing. Name your document Civil Rights_references_class_your name.


Extra:

The motion picture Australia (with Nichole Kidman and Hugh Jackman)can be watched with this project and the situation of the child Nullah discussed and analysed as an example of one ’stolen child’.


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)

Civil Rights…(Lesson 1)

Lesson plan Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for lessons which are 60- 90 minutes long.  The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan or read online.

Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.

 

 

 


Lesson 1

I. Introduction to the work unit: written instructions are given out, explanations: requirements and time frame etc (see Outline above).
Martin Luther King Jr. - The Civil Rights Movement

II. Martin Luther King Jr. is a logical starting point for the project Civil Rights – in the English Speaking World. The teachers gives an introduction to the Black Civil Rights Movement in the USA.

A. Presentation Martin Luther King Jr.1415297898_stock_save-pdfMartin Luther King jr CC

 

B. On National Geographic’s web page you can find background and vocabulary useful for studying the issue.

C. a timeline is also useful,

D. and  Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech

    is easier to follow if you can also read the text as you listen.

E. For those who want to know more –  The King Center is a good place to start.

F. National Geographic also has more material for those who want to focus on other areas of civil rights.

G. Also see, Civil Rights Movement from History



III. Watch TEDTalk, Yoruba Richen: What the gay rights movement learned from the civil rights movement

You can also read the TEDBlog, What the LGBT movement learned from civil rights: Yoruba Richen at TED2014 http://blog.ted.com/what-the-lgbt-movement-learned-from-civil-rights-yoruba-richen-at-ted2014/

IV. After watching the film, together in class discuss Civil right in the USA and compare to the situation in your own country.

V. Introduce other areas of civil rights in the English speaking world.

  • The Stolen Children (Australia) and other indigenous populations
  • Women’s lib
  • War veterans
  • Religious groups
  • … suggestions from the students

VI. Students start looking for information and to decide their topic.

A document with a list of sources should be set up;

The teacher shows students how to use the Harvard generator referencing web sources. Just cut and paste your url (the text in you search window) and you will get a proper reference, which you then cut and paste into your reference list.

This first list are possible sources to work with such as: text, film, audio… (links), books, etc. This   list you should then continue to work with as you research your project.


Homework 1: As preparation for next lesson – choose one area of civil rights and start looking for information. Your choice should be set before next lesson. Turn in your chosen topic to your teacher and your list of sources so far. Name your document Civil Rights_references_class_your name.

Also see 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS: Civil rights_Eng6_Lessonplan


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

 

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 minutes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


I.Themes:

What are themes? and how do I find them? Theme in Literature

Finding a Theme of a Book

Literary Devices: Theme and examples of themes http://literarydevices.net/theme/

Common themes in literature – tutorial http://www.sophia.org/tutorials/common-themes-in-literature

II. The teacher gives examples of themes in well known stories, for example Lord of The Rings, Snow White etc… And ask students to give examples of stories, films, books… with common themes for example love, good and evil.

 

III.Teacher feedback on the second writing task (Homework 4). IV. Students read in class while individual feedback is given.


Homework 5: Finish reading the book chapters 191-233 for next lesson. Think about themes in the book. Also prepare 3-5 examples from the text to discuss next lesson.


 

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 3)

Lesson plan The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon.

INSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan

The outline and lesson plans are constructed for six lessons which are 90-120 mintes long. For shorter lessons the planned content needs to be spread out over two or more lessons. The instuctions can be downloaded as a pdf 1415297898_stock_save-pdfINSTRUCTIONS_ Reading fiction_The Curious Incident_outline_lessonplan or read online. Each lesson will also appear as a post here on this blog which links and embedded resources.


I. Start with a short recapitulation about the main characters. Who are they? What is your impression of them?

II. Characters: How characters are depicted in text. The teacher shows examples of character descriptions using extracts from the text, and then the links below for more examples.

“Never trust anyone who doesn’t believe in the power of the imagination” (William Shakespeare)

The 40 coolest characters in literature

Character Matters

Character Descriptions – Learn from the Pros! ”Show, don’t tell.”

III.Then discuss

what does the expression someones’ singular personality mean, and

how do you look for examples of this in the text?

IV. Teacher feedback on the first writing task (Homework 2).

V. Students read in class while individual feedback is given.

Feedback will focus on form and content.

VI. Review how to discuss literature’ using the presentation, which you can download as pdf

1415297898_stock_save-pdfDiscussion questions for literature(1) or read online.Questions for Discussing Literature


Homework for next lesson:

Homework 3: As preparation for next lesson read 2/3 of the book chapters 109-190.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ESL listening 1415648046_Gnome-Audio-Volume-Medium-321415502558_stock_book_green


The Curious Incident… (Lesson 1)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 2)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 4)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 5)

The Curious Incident… (Lesson 6)

Ny avhandling om särskilt stöd vid svenska gymnasieskolor

Joacim Ramberg har just lagt fram sin avhandling  Special Education in Swedish Upper Secondary Schools: Resources, Ability Grouping and Organisation vid Stockholms universitet. Några av resultaten som nämns i pressmeddelandet är att stöd för gymnasieelever framför allt ges (om det ges) utanför det vanliga klassrummet, att många skolor nivågrupperar i vissa ämnen, och friskolor är sämre rustade med specialpedagoger än de kommunala gymnasierna. “Chansen att en kommunal gymnasieskola har specialpedagog och/eller speciallärare är åtta gånger större än att en fristående skola har det.”

1433277229_support-px-png“Elever har rätt till stöd. Skolor ska ta hänsyn till elevers olika behov och uppväga skillnaderna i deras förutsättningar att nå kunskapskraven. Alla elever ska få ledning och stimulans. Vissa elever behöver extra anpassningar. En del behöver dessutom särskilt stöd” (Skolverket, 2015).

Här kan du hämta skolverkets skrift Allmänna råd för arbete med extra anpassningar, särskilt stöd och åtgärdsprogram för att läsa mer om vad som gäller för skolornas arbete med särskilt stöd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language history

Basic language history is also part of learning English. Here below I have collected some material and sites I find useful when introducing and explaining the history of the English language up until today.

Ages of English BBC interctive language history

The interactive Ages of English above is excellent and I also find the British History Timeline useful (even though both have been archived and are no longer updated)

Timeline bbc history


 

More up-to-date is this HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE 1 Birth of a Language doc series 1 found at English History ChannelThere are seven more programs in the same series. All of them interesting.

Of these eight the two below, on English in America and English today are most relevant.

HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE 5 English in America doc series

HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE 8 Many Tongues Called English doc series


And finally…an infographic about English as a world language.

English: The World Language


This post is a collection of digital material which can be used for learning and teaching.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

NG MLKjrMartin Luther King Jr. is a logical starting point for the project Civil rights Eng6.

For those who want to know more –  The King Center is a good place to start.

On National Geographic’s web page you can find background and vocabulary useful for studying the issue.

A timeline is also useful, and   Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech (listen here below) is easier to follow if you can also read the text as you listen.



National Geographic also has more material for those who want to focus on other areas of civil rights (click below).

NG civil rights


Civil rights

Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

Civil Rights – a themed project in English 6

Civil Rights in the English Speaking World

Civil Rights in the English Speaking world is a project for intended for the course English 6 (ENGENG06), but it can be used for other levels of English learning as well.

Fetch as pdf: 1415297998_file_acrobatCivil rights Eng6

A suggestion is to introduce the theme Civil Rights with  Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous speech;

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Listen to the speech, read the full text and more on the page Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

For teachers: You find the instructions and lesson plan for  Civil Rights as well as other themes and work units at the page Assignments and lesson plans. You are free to use and share all of the documents.


Civil rights

Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights
Civil rights…(Lesson 1)
Civil Rights…(Lesson 2)

San Fransisco 1906 – before and after the earthquake

Dokumentärt foto och film som är ett sekel gammalt ger en unik inblick i historiska skeden. Om du är intresserad av historia eller kanske undervisar i ämnet så är  The Public Domain Review både intressant och användbart. Har finns  dokumentär film från strax efter jordbävningen i San Fransisco San Francisco Earthquake Aftermath (1906).

Det är bilder som kan jämföras med en annan kort sekvens filmad sex dagar innan den stora jordbävningen, Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire.


Av praktiska skäl är filmerna inbäddade från YouTube, men de är också länkade direkt till The Public Domain Review. Klicka bara på filmens namn som är en direktlänk.