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Country Study

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Program:
Ft Worth I.S.D.‚ 21st Century CLC -- William James Middle School

Contact:
Sue Matkin

Address:
100 North University Drive‚ Suite 232NE
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Phone:
817-871-2962

E-mail:
smatk@ftworth.isd.tenet.edu

Activity Description

Participants in this activity use thematic units to study different countries. They study the culture of these other countries by reading stories‚ learning songs‚ listening to music‚ learning about and playing games‚ learning about food‚ studying customs and history‚ and by doing arts and crafts projects. Students also give oral presentations on the cultures of these countries.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 25

Range of Student Ages: Eleven to fourteen years old

Duration of Activity: Eight hours

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy
Because our students are recent immigrants‚ one of our main goals is to develop language and literacy. Most activities can be linked to state-mandated objectives in ESL or the content areas of social studies‚ science and math.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
Teachers work closely with students and groups. We guide activities‚ encourage the students‚ and model language. Sometimes we are the only person that will have a real conversation in English with the student during the day.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Students choose their groups and their activities (many varied choices are provided). They choose the form of expression they prefer: dancing‚ creating a diorama‚ teaching a game‚ etc.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
Within groups there are many opportunities for leadership. Some students lead at one type of activity but not at others. Other students lead at most activities.

 

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