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"Talent Show" is an ELD lesson planner that has beginning English language learners focus on expressing the author's viewpoint by using pronouns and noting details using adjectives. Additionally, 2nd graders will be asked to express problems and solutions a they write a script for a talent show. While the sentence frames are helpful there is not a lot of direction for putting together the final activity (the talent show). This definitely needs some expansion.
In this ESL error correction and editing worksheet, students determine which line in an essay about Kuwait contains missing words. There is an original version for teachers included.
ESL students explore English by participating in an ESL grammar activity. In this dictation lesson, students discuss the purpose of transcribing English into their native language by improving their reading comprehension. Students read children's stories such as Harry Potter or Green Eggs and Ham and practice transcribing them.
Explore New Year's celebrations around the world. In this cultural diversity and history lesson, students research various New Year's celebrations from different countries using the "Taking it Global" website. Students prepare a visual and oral presentation about the celebration they researched.
“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is famous, in part, because it established a uniquely American form of humor. For this famous story, Mark Twain combines the tall-tale, the dialect story, and satire. Here is a resource packet that directs readers’ attention to the literary conventions and devices Twain employs to create humor. The activities associated with the lesson ask class members to research Samuel Clemens’ background, perform the story as a skit, diagram the structure of the story-within-a-story frame, examine the targets of Twain’s humor, and craft their own dialect story. 
Students examine the importance of celebrations in life. In this celebrations lesson, students determine what type of celebrations people participate in especially those that focus on corn. They read about different celebrations including Native American harvest festivities and Kwanzaa. They graph the information they collect. 
Develop media smarts by considering the power of celebrity involvement in world issues. A look at the work of such celebrities as Angelina Jolie, Oprah, and Bono prepare learners to develop their own media campaign for a global development issue. Powerful resources and links enrich this investigation from the Media Awareness Network.
Brainstorm lists of celebrations with which your class are familiar. This lesson can be adapted to many different grade levels as they research ethnic and religious occasions/events celebrated by people around the world, and present their findings to classmates.
Ninth graders research the cultural implications of wedding celebrations around the world. They study wedding celebrations before creating world map on which they place an appropriately attired wedding couple on the country they studied. From their research they design a cultural wedding celebration that begins with pre-parties and continues through the wedding and reception as cultural appropriate.
Students create a celebratory hat after viewing images of artwork depicting people celebrating an event.  For this artistic perception lesson, students discover why people celebrate their accomplishments and how to express feelings through art. Students utilize arts and crafts to create a hat in class.
Students participate in a Medieval celebration as a part of novel analysis study for Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In this novel celebration lesson, students participate in costume activities, food parties, music, games, and other interactive programs for the novel.
Learners explore Carnival. In this Puerto Rico Carnival lesson, students discover the history of the cultural celebration as well as the significance of the elaborate masks worn for the festivities. Learners create their own Carnival masks.
Students explore Carnival. In this Puerto Rico Carnival instructional activity, students discover the history of the cultural celebration as well as the significance of the elaborate masks worn for the festivities. Students create their own Carnival masks.
A brief passage about the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo is accompanied by an array of language activities for ELD: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation, fluency writing, writing process (peer editing), and homework/extension ideas. Links to a British-accented audio clip of the passage and an interactive multiple choice sequencing activity in which readers reconstruct the passage phrase by phrase.
A brief passage about International Dance Day, April 29, is accompanied by an array of language activities based in sound ELD practice: cloze exercise, phrase matching, word jumble, multiple choice, sequencing, interview, group presentation, fluency writing, and homework/extension ideas. Links to a British-accented audio clip of the passage and an interactive multiple choice sequencing activity in which readers reconstruct the passage phrase by phrase.
Beginning English learners practice describing the weather with help from eight picture clues. Questions are phrased like "How's the weather?" and "What's the weather like?" Tinker with the formatting to make it all fit on one page before you print. Scroll down for tips for ESL teachers.
In this ESL holiday learning exercise, learners read 2 paragraphs about New Year's Day, then complete matching, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, event ordering, scrambled sentence, and questioning and writing activities related to the article.
In this ESL Valentine's Day worksheet, students read a set of Valentine's Day cards shown, read a passage about the history of the day, then complete short answer comprehension questions.
Eighth graders examine the Days of the Dead celebration in Mexico. They discover the cultural makeup of the country. They examine the use of the skelton in this celebration and how it differs from our culture and draw one.
Students view art images of Norman Rockwell's family traditions and celebrations. They search the internet for information, and complete reflective and creative writing and sketch assignments. Students recognize and name emotions shown in the illustrations.

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