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  • www.facingthefuture.org

    Making Connections:Engaging English Language Learners &

    Striving Readers in Language, Literacy and

    Global Issues

    Dave Wilton

    Assistant Outreach Director

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  • From Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureWriting Warm-up

    Write continuously

    Include every idea you think of

    Share with a neighbor

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Im Curious

    I Have an Opinion

    I Want to Share It

    I Want to Be Involved

    I Want Bring My Talents to Bear

    Using Math & Real World Data

    to Develop Global Competence

    Globally competent students must have the

    knowledge and skills to:

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    ~ Anthony Jackson,

    Asia Society VP of Education

    Investigate the World

    Weigh Perspectives

    Communicate Ideas

    Take Action

    Apply Interdisciplinary & Disciplinary Expertise

  • Defining Sustainability

    Meeting our own needs without limiting the ability of future generations to meet their needs

    World Commission on Environment & Development, 1987

    Flourishing

    Environment

    Strong

    Economy

    Social

    Well-being

    Sustainable

    Communities

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  • Think, Pair, Share

    What is something you

    are doing to engage your

    literacy students with a

    global issue?

    (If you momentarily cant think ofanything, what is something you

    would like to do?)

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  • Development Rationale

    25% of students in grades 4-12 read below

    grade level

    21st century literacy demands

    Student engagement

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    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

  • 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

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  • Iceberg Modelfor understanding root causes and

    leverage points of global issues

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Chapter Components

    Activating Knowledge

    Vocabulary Development

    Dialogue

    Reading

    Writing

    Culminating Activity

    Assessments (formative & summative)

    Content-Based Themes

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  • Chapter OverviewsReading Skills & Writing Genres

    1.Envisioning our Future

    o Reading Skill: Main Idea

    o Writing Genre: Poetry

    2.The Natural World

    o Reading Skill: Textual Details

    o Writing Skill: 5-Sentence Paragraph

    3.Environmental Issues & Solutions

    o Reading Skill: Cause & Effect

    o Writing Genre: Persuasive Essay

    4.Thinking about Consumption

    o Reading Skill: Sequencing

    o Writing Genre: How-To Guide

    5.Population Around the World

    o Reading Skill: Making Predictions

    o Writing Genre: Community Plan

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    6.Improving Quality of Life

    o Reading Skill: Drawing Conclusions

    o Writing Genre: Realistic Fiction

    7.Peace & Conflict

    o Reading Skill: Theme

    o Writing Genre: Advice Column

    8.Community Development

    o Reading Skill: Context Clues

    o Writing Genre: Speech

    9.Creating Our Future

    o Reading Skill: Character Traits

    o Writing Genre: Letter

  • Inside the Teachers Guide

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  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our Future

    Components, Timeline, Standards

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    Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureFinding Main Ideas & Writing Poetry

    Content and languageobjectives based on the

    lesson topic

    Each chapter structured around essential

    questions

    Language developmentthrough mastery of content

  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureActivating Knowledge

    o In this photo, I see...

    o The problem might be

    o I wonder why

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  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureWriting 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?

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  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureExpanding Vocabulary

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    Guess what each word means based on the

    picture

    Online Thesaurus & Vocab Grabber

  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureUsing Words in Context

    Fill in the blanks using

    the words below:

    o Society

    o Environment

    o Economy

    o Sustainability

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    society

    environment

    economy

  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureUsing Words in Context

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  • 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

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    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

    A: What does this graph show?

    B: The graph shows the amount of water /

    raindrops per person in the world.

  • A: It looks like the amount of water per

    person has increased / decreased over time.

    B: How do you know?

    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • 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.

    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • 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.

    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • 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.

    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • A: Oh, I see. If more people / person are

    using the same amount of water, there will

    be less water for each person.

    B: Thats 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.

    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • A: I see what you mean. If

    there were fewer / more

    people in the world, more

    water would be available to

    each person.

    B: Thats true, but there would also be more water

    available for other people if

    each person uses less /

    more water.

    Ch. 3: Environmental IssuesDialogue

  • 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

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  • Ch. 1: Envisioning Our FutureReading Skill Focus: Main Idea

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