Many districts are specifically focusing on writing across content areas this year. The Learning Network provides a post on “200 Prompts for Argument Writing”; topics include technology, art, gender, athletics, the legal system, health, and science, among others. The prompts are coupled with articles that students can read, analyze, and use as evidence in order to support their claims.
In “10 Ways to Support English Language Learning with the New York Times,” The Learning Network outlines website features that would be helpful to ELLs. Features include a dictionary function that enables students to look up any word in a New York Times article, graphic organizers and games to scaffold understanding, photo collections to promote digital literacy, and information about students’ home countries.
All of the resources on this blog are based in quality non-fiction texts that will aid students in an understanding of global issues. And best of all, the resources are hot off the presses!
-Maria Vlahiotis, Literacy Specialist, ACOE Core Learning