Saturday, May 01, 2004

Children's Writing in ESL

Children's Writing in ESL. This is a nice paper on the role of writing in the acquisition of second language skills in elementary school.

From the site:

This "Digest" is based on the ERIC/CLL "Language in Education" series monograph entitled "WRITE ON: Children Writing in ESL," written by Sarah Hudelson. The monograph describes how children develop as writers in English as a second language. It will be available in early 1989 from Prentice Hall Regents, Mail Order Processing, 200 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675, or by calling 1-201-767-5937.

Children whose native language is not English are present in ever increasing numbers in elementary schools in the United States. Educators, therefore, must provide opportunities for these learners to develop English-as-a-second-language (ESL) skills and to learn school content-area material. In elementary schools, particular emphasis has recently been placed on helping ESL learners become more proficient writers of English to ensure their academic success in English language classrooms (Allen, 1986; Rigg and Enright, 1986; Urzua, 1987).

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Reference: Education: K through 12: Elementary

Reference: Education: K through 12: Elementary This is the Open Directory Project elementary education category. This is the best directory on the Web for elementary school sites. It is a human edited site. Every site is reviewed by a real person before it is allowed to show up in the directory. This means crap and spam don't usually get in. I browse the Open Directory Project all the time looking for good sites to blog.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Unbiased Teaching about American Indians and Alaska Natives in Elementary Schools.

Unbiased Teaching about American Indians and Alaska Natives in Elementary Schools. This paper looks at ways teachers can instruct elementary students about American Indians and Alaskan Natives in an unbiased manner.

From the site:

The contribution of American Indians and Alaska Natives to American life reflects a long heritage, which includes the wide-spread use of Indian words that name geographic places in this nation. American Indians and Alaska Natives maintain their tribal traditions, religion, and languages. At the same time, they strive to assimilate modern technologies. Nonetheless, many students in American schools know comparatively little about the native populations of their own country.

This Digest gives teachers realistic information about this growing population. It identifies some of the common myths about American Indians and Alaska Natives that contribute to curriculum bias. The concluding discussion suggests activities and resources to help elementary students--and their teachers--understand the realities of how Indians live today and how they lived in the past.

THE ROLE OF ACCURATE INFORMATION

Bias about Indians is often the result of inaccurate information. The realities of American Indian and Alaskan Native life are often oversimplified and distorted. Stylized classroom accounts of Indian life reinforce the "buckskin and feather" and the "Eskimo and igloo" stereotypes (Madison School District, 1978). With such instruction, students are certain to develop misguided impressions of Indians.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Children's Literature Connection

Children's Literature Connection. Encourages networking and collaboration among writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, and parents in upstate New York and Western New England. News, calendar of events, and membership information.

From the site:

The Children's Literature Connection is an organization dedicated to the advancement of children's literature. Our goals include encouraging networking and collaboration among writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians, booksellers, publishers, editors, parents, and others, and strengthening the connection between the people who create children's books and the people who use them.

Recent changes in education policy are discouraging teachers from using authentic children's literature in school. Part of our mission is to provide a counterpoint to those arguments. Our children won't be literate if they don't read literature.