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  • 1. Making Connections: Engaging English Language Learners & Striving Readers in Language, Literacy and Global Issues Dave Wilton Assistant Outreach Director www.facingthefuture.org
  • 2. Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 3. Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 4. From Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Writing Warm-up  Write continuously  Include every idea you think of  Share with a neighbor Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 5. Agenda Your Visions Who is Facing the Future? Why Use Global Issues & Literacy? From the Teacher Perspective From the Student Perspective Give and Take Reward for Your Patience Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 6. About Facing the Future  Seattle-based nonprofit founded in 1995  Interdisciplinary global issues and sustainability curriculum for K-12  Over 1.5 million students reached annually  All 50 U.S. states and over 100 countries  Professional development and consulting www.facingthefuture.org Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
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  • 8. Using Math & Real World Data to Develop Global Competence Globally competent students must have the knowledge and skills to:  Investigate the World  I’m Curious  Weigh Perspectives  I Have an Opinion  Communicate Ideas  I Want to Share It  Take Action  I Want to Be Involved  Apply Interdisciplinary  I Want Bring My Talents & Disciplinary Expertise to Bear ~ Anthony Jackson, Asia Society VP of Education Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 9. Defining Sustainability “Meeting our own needs without limiting the ability of future generations to meet their needs” World Commission on Environment & Development, 1987 Social Well-being Sustainable Communities Strong Flourishing Environment Economy Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 10. Think, Pair, Share What is something you are doing to engage your literacy students with a global issue? (If you momentarily can’t think of anything, what is something you would like to do?) Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 11. Development Rationale 25% of students in grades 4-12 read below grade level 21st century literacy demands Student engagement “The emphasis on different types of thinking strategies, reading strategies, and vocabulary was excellent for [my students].” ~ Jill Berge, Literacy Teacher Rose Hill Junior High, Washington Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 12. Why Global Issues & Literacy?  Make language learning purposeful  Motivate with content-based learning  Gain skills and knowledge needed to excel academically  Apply skills to current, relevant, and interconnected topics  Make meaningful contributions to their communities through service and action Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 13. Iceberg Model for understanding root causes and leverage points of global issues Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 14. Ways to Use This Resource  Language acquisition for intermediate English language learners and striving readers  Reading comprehension of nonfiction materials in English language arts classes  Increasing knowledge of global issues in science and social studies classes  Student engagement in the classroom around current, relevant issues Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 15. Incorporating Best Practices  Engaging language and literacy activities  Explicit reading comprehension instruction  Explicit vocabulary instruction  Differentiated instruction  Real-world content and themes  Multiple reading, writing, speaking, and listening opportunities Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 16. Chapter Components  Activating Knowledge  Vocabulary Development  Dialogue  Reading  Writing  Culminating Activity  Assessments (formative & summative)  Content-Based Themes Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 17. Chapter Overviews Reading Skills & Writing Genres 1.Envisioning our Future 6.Improving Quality of Life o Reading Skill: Main Idea o Reading Skill: Drawing Conclusions o Writing Genre: Poetry o Writing Genre: Realistic Fiction 2.The Natural World 7.Peace & Conflict o Reading Skill: Textual Details o Reading Skill: Theme o Writing Skill: 5-Sentence Paragraph o Writing Genre: Advice Column 3.Environmental Issues & Solutions 8.Community Development o Reading Skill: Cause & Effect o Reading Skill: Context Clues o Writing Genre: Persuasive Essay o Writing Genre: Speech 4.Thinking about Consumption 9.Creating Our Future o Reading Skill: Sequencing o Reading Skill: Character Traits o Writing Genre: How-To Guide o Writing Genre: Letter 5.Population Around the World o Reading Skill: Making Predictions o Writing Genre: Community Plan Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 18. Inside the Teacher’s Guide Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 19. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Components, Timeline, Standards Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 20. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Finding Main Ideas & Writing Poetry  Content and language objectives based on the lesson topic  Each chapter structured around essential questions  Language development through mastery of content Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 21. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Activating Knowledge o “In this photo, I see...” o “The problem might be…” o “I wonder why…” Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 22. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Writing Warm-up  Respond to the following questions. Write continuously and include every idea you can think of. Be ready to share with your partner. o What is the biggest problem in the world today? o Why does this problem exist? o What do you think is a solution to this problem? Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 23. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Expanding Vocabulary  Guess what each word means based on the picture  Online Thesaurus & Vocab Grabber Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 24. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Using Words in Context society environment economy Fill in the blanks using the words below: o Society o Economy o Environment o Sustainability Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 25. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Using Words in Context Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 26. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue  Students read dialogue about freshwater availability independently and then in pairs as an A – B dialogue  Use info from graph to choose correct fill-in-the-blank answers Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 27. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: What does this graph show? B: The graph shows the amount of water / raindrops per person in the world.
  • 28. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: It looks like the amount of water per person has increased / decreased over time. B: How do you know?
  • 29. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: Well, in 1900 there were more than 20,000 / 25,000 cubic meters of water available per person. B: Yes, and by 2000 only about 5,000 / 10,000 cubic meters of water were available per person.
  • 30. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: Do you think the total amount of water in the world is less now than in 1900? B: No, the total type / amount of water in the world is always the same.
  • 31. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: So why do you think the amount per people / person had decreased? B: The amount per person may have decreased because the number of people has increased.
  • 32. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: Oh, I see. If more people / person are using the same amount of water, there will be less water for each person. B: That’s right. It is like when you and three friends plan to share a pizza. If another pizza / friend joins you, you will have to divide the pizza among more people. Now you have five people who want to eat the pizza.
  • 33. Ch. 3: Environmental Issues Dialogue A: I see what you mean. If there were fewer / more people in the world, more water would be available to each person. B: That’s true, but there would also be more water available for other people if each person uses less / more water.
  • 34. This Audio Interlude Brought to You by . . . The students of David White Espin • Teacher at Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center, Seattle, WA • Co-author of chapter in TESOL Classroom Practice Series, Authenticity in the Language Classroom and Beyond • Pilot-tester and contributor to Making Connections Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 35. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Reading Skill Focus: Main Idea Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 36. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Pre-Reading: Anticipation Guide Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 37. Ch. 4: Thinking About Consumption Pre-Reading: Consumption Match-Up  Match the Did You Know cards with the Hidden Impact cards  Share information to find your partner Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 38. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Chapter Reading: Been Around the World Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 39. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Reading Skill Follow-Up: Main Idea Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 40. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Comprehension Questions Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 41. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Writing about Sustainability: Poetry Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 42. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Writing about Sustainability: Poetry  Step 1: Use the Writing Organizer on to help write bio-poem  Step 2: Edit the poem using the Edit Checklist  Step 3: Have a classmate read and edit poem using same checklist  Step 4: Correct and rewrite poem.  Step 5: Share poems with the by reading it aloud.
  • 43. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Writing about Sustainability: Poetry  Step 1: Use the Writing Organizer on to help write bio- poem  Step 2: Edit the poem using the Edit Checklist  Step 3: Have a classmate read and edit poem using same checklist  Step 4: Correct and rewrite poem.  Step 5: Share poems with the by reading it aloud.  Step 6 Evaluate using Writing Rubric Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 44. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Culminating Activity: Making Global Connections  Demonstrate global interconnections  Discuss how changes in one issue affect other issues  Stand in circle, toss ball of yarn and explain how your global issue is connected to previous global issue Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 45. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Extension & Action Project  Art Extension: Students create their own Global Issues Mobile using photos & drawings  Action Project: Students select a global issue they are most concerned about, brainstorm sustainable solutions, and take part in Global Youth Service Day Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 46. Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future Assessment  End of chapter review of: Vocabulary Content Comprehension Outlook & Beliefs Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 47. Curriculum Resources Teacher’s Guides Over 30 free lessons available at www.facingthefuture.org Student Textbooks Written for grades 6-12. Preview chapters available online Curriculum Units 1-2 weeks in length. Most free to download online Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 48. THANK YOU! Staying Connected  Visit www.facingthefuture.org  Sign up for FTF e-newsletter  Respond to survey  Become a Peer Educator  Contact FTF: dave@facingthefuture.org Copyright © 2010, Facing the Future
  • 49. “We must teach our students that they can be architects of the future, rather than its victims.” ~ Buckminster Fuller