San Diego East CountyChamber ofCommerceSharing our VisionJanet Ilko Cajon Valley Middle School ELL Writing TeacherSan Diego Area Writing Project FellowDr. Carmen Restrepo Cajon Valley Union School DistrictCoordinator of Educational Technology
Passions to Words, Sharing OurStories “You don’t have to be the star, you can be the light shining on them.” RawandaIbrahem Writing for Change student Cajon Valley Middle School Grade 6
Building Language: StanfordGraduate School of EducationThe Understanding Language Instruction focuses on District Engagement providing ELLs with subcommittee has released a opportunities to engage in set of Six Key Principles to discipline specific practices support ELL’s in meeting the which are designed to build rigorous, grade level conceptual understanding academic standards found in and language competence the Common Core in tandem. Standards. Instruction leverages ELL’sBlogging directly supports three home language, cultural of those standards. assets and prior knowledge.Ell.stanford.edu/content/six-key- Standards aligned instruction principals-ell-instruction for ELLs is rigorous, grade-level appropriate and providesJanuary 11, 2013 deliberate and appropriate scaffolds.
Why Blog?Student blogging is not just a shortterm project, it’s become a forumwhere students can share theirideas and write for a real purpose.The beauty of blogging is therevision process becomesseamlessly part of writing. Onceyou push submit, there is aninstantaneous audience. Thatrealization that you will be read,and that your words mattercreate a sense of urgency andneed to clarify and justify theposts.
Standards for the Lesson NETS for Students 2. Communications and Collaboration Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and Contribute to the learning of others. a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
NETS Standards for Lesson 5. Digital Citizenship Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students: a. Advocate safe. Legal, and responsible use of information and technology. b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity. c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning. d. Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
Writing Standards 7th and 8th Grade CCSS Writing Standards 4.Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 5.With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, re-writing, or trying a new approach, focusing on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. 6.Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, Including linking to and citing sources.
Lesson Objective By the end of today’s lesson we will: Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between social and academic comments Write at least 2 academic comments after reading posts from peers.
A Cross Country DigitalConversation Please log into www.edmodo.com The casscode to register is: group code 99ghtj Once you have joined our group, please read student blog entries and write your own academic responses. We have students live in our computer lab waiting to post with you.
Digital Town Hallhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkQEmGvBk7o&feature=youtu.be
The Work Continues Students continue to use their blogs as tools for communication. Here is a sample of student work. Andres comes after school to work on his blog since he doesn’t have internet access and support at home. The short answer to a complicated question, “Will they write more often and with more depth of knowledge knowing they have a wider audience” So far, the answer is yes.
We Invite You to Our Campus We encourage you to come by and see the wonderful work at Cajon Valley Middle School. Please contact us to schedule a visit at 619-588- 3092 We welcome our community partners to come see first hand the vision and work on our campus.
Supporting the Work We are looking for business partners to support the on going work at Cajon Valley Middle School and our San Diego Area Writing Project Summer Program called Writing for Change. Please feel free to contact me for further information. firstname.lastname@example.org www.writingforchange.net