Unit Plan

Around Town: Neighborhood and Community: English Language Development Lessons (Theme 3)

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Here is a unit designed to support English language development. Scholars speak, move, and write to learn more about topics that focus on community and local concepts. The series of lessons aids to reinforce concepts including consonant digraphs, base words and endings, double consonants, alphabetizing, nouns, exact words, vowel pairs in compound words, dictionary skills, context clues; as well as how to compare and contrast using a Venn diagram, read and write high frequency words, take notes on a nonfiction article, and write to an audience.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Group learners by language proficient level to conduct lessons in small homogeneous groups 
  • Invite a firefighter to speak to the class
  • Practice greeting one another every morning to reinforce positive social interaction 
Classroom Considerations
  • The unit was created as part of the Houghton Mifflin English language arts curriulum; however, it can also be used on its own or along with another curriculum addressing similar concepts
  • Some ESL lessons are missing curriculum-specific materials, but can still be implemented with modifications    
  • Multi-level response suggestions are listed to direct discussion that is appropriate to pupils' proficiency levels
  • Language transfer support is provided to aid in common challenges related to a specific language
  • The unit is clearly organized and written in detail for easy implementation 
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