US History Activities for ELLs (ebook Gr: 7 to A)

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By Richard Di Giacomo
Magnifico Publications
2nd Edition 2007
69 Pages
Grade 7 to Adult


This book is going to fill a need that many teachers have had for a long time.  As you probably know, it has been just about impossible to find quality materials to help in sheltered or limited English US History classes.  It was written by an experienced teacher with who has faced some of the same difficulties that you have.   It is difficult to make history relevant and interesting to students with limited English and little experience with common American cultural and governmental traditions.  The activities in this book are a blend of the course content in US History, and the grammar component that is necessary both for comprehension of the subject matter and general English fluency.  The lessons in this book have two key components that will make your job a lot easier:
1. Hands-on sheltered classroom activities that take advantage of multiple learning styles and differing language acquisition levels.  These are often very active and engaging.
2. Grammar exercises based on the vocabulary of the lesson that reinforce both grammar skills and the content area goals.  These exercises will help build stronger readers and writers while reinforcing the main ideas of the course content in US History.


Table of Contents

Lesson:

Activity:

Language skills emphasized:

Page:

Lesson 1 Native Americans

Locate the Tribe

capitalization

1

Lesson 2 Age of Exploration

Explorers Game

past tense

2

Explorers Grammar

proofreading

5

Lesson 3 Colonial Times

Colonies Chart

subject-verb agreement

7

Lesson 4 The American Revolution

“Dear King George…”

present tense/dialog

9

American Revolution Language Lesson

letter writing

10

Lesson 5 The War of 1812

Facts about The War of 1812

adverbs

11

Lesson 6 Manifest Destiny

American Expansion Bingo

articles

13

Lesson 7 The Gold Rush

49er’s Letter

commonly misspelled words

15

Lesson 8 The Conflict over Slavery

Antebellum Newspaper

pronouns

17

Lesson 9 The Civil War

Civil War Quotations

punctuation

22

Lesson 10 Reconstruction

Reconstruction cartoons

future tense/dialog

24

Lesson 11 The Indian Wars:

Four Corners Activity

forming complete sentences

26

Lesson 12 Industrial Revolution Inventions:

Identify My Drawing

interrogative pronouns and adverbs

28

Lesson 13 The Progressive Era

Children’s Book

writing a book

29

Lesson 14 American Imperialism

Cloze Activity

homonyms

31

Lesson 15 American Imperialism

Taking Colonies

role-playing essay

33

Lesson 16 WWI:

Changing a Part of Speech

changing a part of speech

35

Lesson 17 The Great Depression

Cartoon writing

dialog writing

36

Lesson 18 WWII Battles:

Vocabulary Context Clues

vocabulary context clues

38

Lesson 19 Origins of the Cold War

Group Interview

possessive pronouns

39

Lesson 20 Korean War

Korean War Decisions

adjectives

40

Lesson 21 Civil Rights

Topic Sentences

writing topic sentences

41

Lesson 22 The Space Race

Total Physical Response

summarizing

43

Lesson 23 The Vietnam Conflict

 Reflexive Pronouns

reflexive pronouns

44

Lesson 24 1960’s Social Movements:

“Time to lay it on the line!”

prepositions

46

Lesson 25 1960’s Social Movements:

Hippie Day

collective nouns

48

Table of Contents (continued)

Lesson:

Activity:

Language skills emphasized:

Page:

Lesson 26 Watergate

Role-playing Nixon Resignation Speech

speech-writing skills

50

Lesson 27 The Reagan Era:

Mind Mapping Reagan’s Accomplishments

note taking

51

Lesson 28 The First Persian Gulf War

The First Persian Gulf War

irregular verbs

53

Lesson 29 The End of the Cold War

How We Came to the U.S.

proper nouns

55

Lesson 30 George W. Bush and the War on Terror

Graphic Organizer

note taking abbreviations

57

Lesson 31 History of the English Language

20th Century Slang

idioms and slang usage

59



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