Linguistic Landscape I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer Bridge Academy Representational Wall Space
What are the functions of representational wall space in the Science and Technology hallways, the NLA (Native Language Arts) and Social Studies classrooms within I.S. 145, and how does it correlate to the schools overall mission?
Bridge Academy for Success Mission Statement We will provide a bridge for a new generation of immigrant students and facilitate their transition towards becoming proficient English language learners. The Bridge Academy will provide a learning environment enabling them to reach their full intellectual potential and develop the necessary literacy, critical thinking, problem solving and information management skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21 st century. Through the collaborative and conscientious efforts of a dedicated staff, students, parents, and a supportive community, we will add another successful chapter to the American experiment reaffirming that our ingenuity, diversity, tolerance and humanity are truly a beacon of hope for the world.
Native Language Arts/ ESL Classroom
The Native Language Arts and ESL classroom has various charts displayed
on the walls. The charts are mainly guidelines to facilitate comprehension of how
various tasks should be completed. Some of the most important charts covering the
classroom’s wall space are as follows ;
Pared de Palabras- Also known as the word wall
Libros de Espanol- Spanish Library
What do readers do to figure out the new words and text meaning?
English and Spanish charts displaying the following;
Seven habits of good writers
Seven habits of good readers
How to abandon a book
Native Language Arts / ESL Classroom
Social Studies Classroom
Within the social studies classroom one will find various pictures displaying the current theme of Greek Mythology. Students have learned Greek culture by analyzing stories and learning about Greek art. Students have learned many literary skills, critical thinking skills, as well as problem solving skills through:
.Learning what myths are.
.What is the structure of a myth?
.Creating their personal myths.
The students’ myth creation, painting of their God/ Goddess on a vase, and a written myth about that God/ Goddess, was used as an assessment criterion.
C.S.D 30 Mission Statement
The mission of C.S.D 30 is to provide our children with a “world class education” in a safe, nurturing and exciting environment. This will be accomplished through the collaborative efforts of involved parents, supportive community and dedicated staff. Our children will thus become effective and contributing members of our diverse society.
Science and Technology Academy Representational Wall Space
Computer classroom door
Science Experiments conducted by students
Painted elevator with scientific terminology displayed
Flow of Knowledge Principal Assistant Principal Teacher Standards Students Social studies Science and Technology NLA (Native Language Arts) Critical thinking skills Literacy Information Management skills Making meaning out of context WORLD HISTORY . Historic events and developments of past civilizations . Analyze artifacts . Creation of graphs, data tables, Labeled diagrams & photographs, Interpretation of reading passages, calculations & written responses, evaluation of data & application of scientific knowledge & skills to the real world. In the native language, writing imaginative, interpretive, and responsive texts as well as reading from informational texts.
In conclusion the Bridge Academy as well as the Science and Technology Academy both exhibit examples of linguistic representational wall space. Students will continue to learn critical thinking skills, literacy, information management skills and making meaning out of context through content areas provided by the standards and schools staff. The linguistic wall spaces represent the educational consistency in both academies and their C.S.D. (Community School District) 30s mission of providing an educational environment that entails parental involvement, a supportive community, and a professional dedicated staff.