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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.

Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.

Columbia, South Carolina

Publisher

International Reading Association

 

Overview

Featured Resources

From Theory to Practice

 

OVERVIEW

In this lesson, designed for a heterogeneous group of students that includes English-language learners, students work together to plan a website based on their home knowledge. An introductory lesson outlines the structure and components of simple websites (home page, titles, headings, links).  Students take home and complete a bilingual student and family interest survey, then work in groups of four or five to identify common themes among the responses. Each group makes a flow chart to think graphically about the contents of their planned website. Each student keeps a project notebook to record new ideas, summarize group work, and share the project with family members. The teacher can make the planned websites a reality using one of the online website-building platforms in the Resources list.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Flow Chart Template: Use this flow chart to help students visualize their website.

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FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE

Spence, L.K. (2009). Developing multiple literacies in a website project. The Reading Teacher, 62(7), 592–597.

  • Technology can help students expand their repertoire of literacy practices by linking home and cultural knowledge.

 

Gonzalez, N., Moll, L.C., Floyd-Tenery, M., Rivera, A., Rendon, P., Gonzales, R., & Amanti, C. (1994). Funds of knowledge: Learning from language minority households. Washington D.C.: Center for Applied Linguistics. Available online: http://www.cal.org/resources/Digest/ncrcds01.html

  • Teachers can draw upon students' home knowledge, culture, and language practices for classroom instruction.

     

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