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ERIC Number: EJ830630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1083-5415
High Stakes Testing + Middle School Collaboration = Reading and Writing in 6th Grade Spanish
Alvis, Vicki Welch
Learning Languages, v13 n1 p14-18 Fall 2007
In this article, the author shares her experience in teaching sixth grade Spanish at Autrey Mill Middle School in Alpharetta, Georgia. Through the school's implementation of the middle school teaming concept, the author and her colleague on the sixth grade team have teamed up with other teachers in order to provide reading and writing opportunities that built on students' prior knowledge and experiences, supplied new learning experiences aligned with the school system's sixth grade foreign language curriculum, and reinforced Georgia performance standards in reading and language arts. The author describes her experience working with Spanish teachers and reading/language arts teachers which led her to incorporate learning experiences for literacy development into daily instruction. Teaming across subjects empowered her to use Spanish instruction as "a vehicle for reinforcing the academic skills required by the regular curriculum" while empowering students to use their new language as a tool for thinking and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia