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Course Description

In this class, you will learn how to use of English to interact successfully with peers and adults according to audience, purpose, and setting; grammatical conventions of English usage, particularly identification of all parts of speech and the use of verb tense to create sentences; and controlled writing activities focusing paragraph development using organizational strategies, including topic sentences and supporting details. You will also learn to focus on themes and ideas as a basis for writing, while using the stages of the writing process, from generating ideas to drafting, revising, proofreading, editing, and publishing.

This class will also focus on the following: reading with developing fluency for many purposes including literature and information texts and application of reading strategies in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genre. Finally, you participate in regular individual reading practice.

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Course Units

ESL B - Unit 1: Identity (Narrative Fiction)
EQ: Who am I?
Throughout the course of this unit, you will explore the overarching question, "Who am I?" through a variety of fiction texts, including legends, fairy tales, and adventures. The central text in this unit is the graphic novel, American Born Chinese. The texts explored in this unit will allow us to analyze story elements and character development as we expect fiction in our reading and writing.

external image 30344218-jpg.jpgESL B - Unit 2: Family Matters (Expository)
EQ: How do families affect us?
Throughout the course of this unit, you will explore the overarching question, "How do families affect us?" through a variety of nonfiction texts, including articles, procedures, reports and memoirs. The central text in this unit is the collection of vignettes, House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. As the culminating writing project for this unit, you will create a multigenre memoir to reflect who you are and how you are affected by your family.

external image watsons+%25281%2529.jpgESL B - Unit 3: Where We Belong (Historical Fiction)
EQ: What holds us together or keeps us apart?
In this unit of study, we will consider the central question, "What holds us together or keeps us apart?" by examing the 1960's, a pivotal period in the course of American history. Our central text in this unit, The Watson's Go to Birmingham, will allow us to consider racial inequality and discrimination in American history while continuing the develop our understanding of plot and character development. The unit will culminate in a lesson sequence focused on the rise and fall of Detroit in preparation for our ESL field trip.

external image farewell_to_manzanar_s.jpgESL B - Unit 4: What Matters Most (Narrative Non-Fiction/Realistic Fiction)
EQ: What is most important in life?
Throughout the course of this unit, we will explore the central question, "What is most important in life?" through a variety of narrative nonfiction and realistic fiction text as well as through persuasive three-paragraph essay writing. The focus text in this unit, Farewell to Manzanar, describes the experiences of Jeanne Wakatsuki and her family before, during and following their imprisonment at the Manzanar concentration camp due to the United States government's internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

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