The class will focus on refining English learners’ writing skills according to the WIDA standards as well as the 9th Grade Georgia Standards of Excellence in Writing and Language. The course emphasizes expository, narrative, and persuasive writing, and may include note-taking, steps in the writing process, improving writing in focus, clarity, coherence, and organization, as well as idea development, language conventions, research skills, and writing in specific content areas.
Fall Semester 2017
August 7-11: Students and teacher will discuss occupations, a typical day, daily life in different communities, nationalities/special celebrations. Students will learn the difference between descriptive and possessive adjectives. The students will practice with writing topics from the teacher to improve their writing skills. Students will listen to audio conversations and respond to questions.
August 14-18: This week we will learn simple present tense, prepositions of time, special celebrations/festivals. Students will work with each other on certain exercises. The Flag Project Presentations are due on Thursday. The Common Assessment will be given on Wednesday. We will also learn about adverbs of frequency such always, never, usually, and sometimes. We will watch video journals from Ted Talks and National Geographic.
August 21-25: We will finish Unit 2 and start Unit 3: Going Places. Students will learn about identifying possessions and using should for advice for our grammar lesson. Students will practice with the different processes of traveling and how to ask for and give personal travel information and advice. We will read an article called "Smart Traveler" to determine how to share special travel tips with others. We will review a video from TED Talks and the virtual choir 2,000 voices strong to practice with listening skills.
August 28-September 1: Students and teacher did assignments on travel, travel advice, and the usage of possessions.
September 4-8: Labor Day Holiday Monday (no school); Students worked on various assignments given by the teacher.
September 11-15: Inclement weather Monday and Tuesday (no school); students were given the opportunity to make-up any missed assignments.
September 18-22: Unit 4: food (finish). Review adjectives. Students will create a restaurant menu in assigned groups.
September 25-29: FALL BREAK (no school)
October 2-6: Unit 4 Assessment will be given on Monday. We will begin Unit 5: Sports. We will discuss the different types of sports, listen to conversations, and an article about sports as well as watch a video on sports. Grammar lessons will consist of present continuous tense, different types of sentences, stative verbs.
October 9-13: We are continuing with the sports unit, stative verbs. Students will also do a project on a famous/favorite sports person.
October 16-20: We will start Unit 6: Destinations. Students will take about past destinations and the simple past tense as well as using was and were. We will read an article and watch a video on Machu Picchu. We will discuss and identify the four types of sentences and practice through exercises.