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Component 4: Lesson Plan

For my lesson plan, I decided to teach Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” because it is a really well-crafted text and can be used to teach history, English literature, and English language skills simultaneously.  This is good because it helps tackle more than one of the unique challenges that emergent bilingualsContinue reading “Component 4: Lesson Plan”

Component 3: Resources

Accredited Schools Online ESL/ELL Resources to Succeed in School This website provides background on emergent bilingual students in the United States.  It includes a glossary of important terms, facts about the number of emergent bilingual students in the US, and links to lesson plans and study guide for teachers, parents, and students alike. Colorín ColoradoContinue reading “Component 3: Resources”

Component 2: Strategies and Tools

Here are just a few of the many strategies that English Language Arts teachers can use to support the development of both language and content knowledge in their emergent bilingual students: Using multilingual texts Using multilingual texts is a part of translanguaging that allows emergent bilingual students to see their language practices being validated inContinue reading “Component 2: Strategies and Tools”

Component 1: Introduction

Hi! My name is Sarah Geist and I am studying English Secondary Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Michigan State University.  I believe that every student has the right to a quality education that respects and celebrates their differences.  Emergent bilingual students have a unique set of educational needs, asContinue reading “Component 1: Introduction”


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