Part I: Manifest Destiny and California (continued)
Designed Academic Instruction in English) adaptations are included throughout
these lessons. The many visuals provide equal access to the curriculum
for all students. Collaborative groups are used often, resulting in an
exchange of oral information as well as a sharing of learning styles and
strengths. Activities that involve reading selections require each group
to have one of the class's better readers. I have found that selecting
groups usually ensures a more positive learning experience. However, toward
the end of the year, students often are able to self-select groups that
meet their needs. You, the teacher, be the judge.
A number of graphic organizers are included in the lessons. These help students grasp and categorize content information. Depending on the level of your class's second-language learners, you may want to have them use the organizer as a part of their assessment. Getting students actively engaged in the materials not only ensures interest, but also helps the kinesthetic learner retain and understand the content. Keeping a journal helps students absorb the day's learnings in order to be ready to build upon them the next day.
Suggestions for vocabulary for each lesson are included. Students' understanding of key words is critical to their understanding of the content. Some specific vocabulary activities are included. Feel free to add or delete vocabulary words to meet the needs of your students.
Part I, Overview