Part I: Manifest Destiny and California (continued)

SDAIE (Specially 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. 

Vocabulary Work:

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. 

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