Bringing Content and Language

Development Together

History-Social Science Websites for English Learners


Web Museums - Rich Context-Setting Tool

Chumash Indian Life
http://www.sbnature.org/chumash/
  • Sound files to hear the text
  • Short, clear text enriched by graphics
 

Wappo Indians of Napa County

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/wappo/
  • Rebus story
  • Large type is easier to read
  • Support/Comprehension Questions
 

Annie's Mission

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/annie/index.html
  • Related to student's experience (importance of family)
  • Infusion of primary language in the activity
  • Comprehensible input - Brief segments of text

 

Problem-based Activities - Support Language Experience

Your Mission: The Last Mission
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/the_last_mission/
  • Performance Assessment
  • Larger type
  • Sheltered language (simple sentences, no idioms)
 

Indus Valley Civilization

http://members.aol.com/WERedu/PlanIndiaBasic.html
  • Sheltered language in story or narrative form
  • Glossary

 


Castle Builder
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/castle_builder/
  • Graphically rich
  • Vocabulary
  • Team structure creates oral language experience opportunities
  • Utilizes non verbal skills

 


Islamic Scientific Contribution
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/rosen_islamic_science/
  • Questions to guide reading
  • Clear, sheltered language
  • Step-by-step language experience through writing

 


Not Just a Man's War: Women in the American Civil War 1861-65
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/manswar/index.html
  • Dramatization
  • Graphic organizers
  • Vocabulary
  • Connection to life experiences

 


Documents and Symbols of American Freedom
http://rims.k12.ca.us/symbols_freedom
  • Direct teaching of assumed cultural knowledge

Other

GeoNet Game
http://www.eduplace.com/geo/indexlo.html
  • Self checking using the web quizzes

 


Civics Lessons in Spanish
http://www.civnet.org/civitas/panam/spanless.htm
  • Primary language support

 


E-Pals Classroom Exchange
http://www.epals.com/
  • Pen pal exchange with students around the world, may be primary language

 


Computer Generated Translations
http://www.freetranslation.com/
  • Create brief primary language selections from simple material with no idioms

 


Conflict Clean-up: Relief Agencies in Action in a War Torn World
http://rims.k12.ca.us/frandsen/index.html
  • Real world connection to curriculum
  • Personal relationship to learning