Using Thinking Maps to Support Learning for ELLs

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Using Thinking Maps to Support Learning for ELLs. GHS Faculty Meeting November 4, 2009. GHS ESL Program Goals. Provide focused instruction in English according to the Tennessee State Standards for ESL. Provide support for learning in other subject areas. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Using Thinking Maps to Support Learning for ELLsGHS Faculty MeetingNovember 4, 2009GHS ESL Program GoalsProvide focused instruction in English according to the Tennessee State Standards for ESL.Provide support for learning in other subject areas.Communication with classroom teachers.Emails, Progress Reports, Conferences.Help students to fill in gaps in background knowledge.Help teachers to provide students with necessary modifications for success.Read tests aloud.Simplify test language.

Tips for Working with ELLsFocus on main ideasUse lots of visualsPicturesThinking MapsColors to organize notesProvide word banks / word choicesDont assumeELLs might not ask questions if they dont understandELLs might not have the same background knowledge as other studentsRe-explain using simple English or synonyms

ModificationsPresentation of ContentSimplify languageUse visuals: pictures, Thinking MapsPre-teach vocabularyDemonstrate conceptsTestingShorten tests to focus on main ideasSimplify test languageRead test aloudAssign alternate assessment (project instead of test)GradingAssign grades based on improvement

What do ELLs need to learn?Social English (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills)Daily interactionsAcademic English (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency)More abstract, precise, higher-order thinking skillsNecessary to express the content knowledge they already have & to process new contentContentCulture

MotivationI dont understand.Lack language, content area or cultural knowledge.I dont want to be here.Did not choose to come here, left friends and family behind, dont fit in.Graduation from GHS does not necessarily open doors to further opportunities.

Use a Bubble Map to Describe a Character in English Class

Mary MaloneyobservantimpulsiveKills her husband without premeditationcleverListens for the sounds of her husband coming homeKnows that something is wrongKnows about police procedurestheatricalCreates an alibiInvites police officers to stay for dinner to eat the murder weaponAble to convince Sam that everything is okPuts on a show of grief, but laughs as the men eat the murder weaponUse a Circle Map to Define the Great Depression

Great DepressionStock market crashDust bowlHigh unemploymentMigrant workersNew DealTextbook

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John SteinbeckMake comparisons by creating a 2nd circle map.Finally, transfer to a double bubble map.

Use a Tree Map to Take Notes in Math ClassTypes of AnglesAcute AnglesRight AnglesObtuse AnglesLess than 90Exactly 90 More than 90


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