Flipped Middle School Literacy Lesson: Character Conflict: Language Immersion
Students: Before starting the lesson, login. (If you haven't registered yet, sign up for free.) Next watch the video, "A Language Immersion Story." Finally, to start the lesson, click on "Character Conflict: Language Immersion." Click on Moises' picture and the lesson will appear in a pop-up window.
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Moises, a fictional young Spanish-speaking immigrant, faces conflicts in his English-immersion school in the United States in this video from Media That Matters: Immersion. Moises understands math concepts well, but his limited English means he does not have the vocabulary to understand the language of story problems. He struggles, along with his math teacher, to prepare for two weeks of standardized math testing.
In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students watch videos that tell the story of Moises, a fictional Spanish-speaking young immigrant who faces conflicts in his English-immersion school in the United States. Students develop their literacy skills as they explore an English language arts focus on internal and external conflict as a plot device. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words, and explore content through videos and interactive activities. This resource is part of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy Collection.
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In this professional development video from WGBH, teachers, students, and a literacy expert present their perspectives on the use of the self-paced lessons in the Walmart Middle School Literacy Initiative. Designed for struggling readers in grades 5–8, the lessons use videos, interactive activities, note taking, readings, and essay writing to engage students in science, social studies, English language arts, and mathematics topics. As they learn about a topic, they also build proficiency in reading, vocabulary, and writing skills.