ERIC Number: ED424741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Bringing a Reading Passage to Life: A Creative Comprehension Activity.
Montone, Christopher L.; Short, Deborah J.
A creative reading comprehension activity developed for multi-grade (6-8) English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) social studies classes is described. The activity was developed as part of a project integrating language and culture in social studies instruction. Researchers worked with an ESL teacher and a social studies teacher to create a series of units on cross-cultural conflicts and their resolutions in world history. The units contained information on the cultures studied and the geography of four regions (Peru; Germany and Italy; Japan; Ethiopia). Lessons were designed to expose students to the roots of conflict and encourage consideration of alternative resolutions through the choices made by individuals at different stages in history. Readings were adapted to the students' language ability, graphic organizers were provided, and multiple forms of student expression (poems, artwork, role plays) were encouraged. The activity described here was a competitive mini-drama occurring during a unit on the Incan civilization's encounter with Spanish conquistadors in the early sixteenth century. Objectives, procedures, and outcomes are discussed. Contains 11 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Education, Culture Conflict, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Social Studies, World History
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.; National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, Santa Cruz, CA.