As regular readers know, my ELL Geography class has been working with sister classes from throughout the world.
We’re studying Africa now, and will be exchanging videos with classes in that country. Though we’ll be doing other forms of study about that country, one of the simple projects will be having students use “inductive learning” to identify information from this “The Best…” list (probably five pieces of info for each category) that fits into these categories: climate, attractions, economy, culture, history and Nelson Mandela. They will then turn each category into a paragraph, add an introduction and conclusion, and have an essay. In addition, they will be identifying questions in each category that they will be asking our sister classes there. Depending on our time, students might also create online posters, either using Tackk or doing it in Word and uploading it to TxtBear.
I’m also adding this post to The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners.
Here is what I have so far — suggestions are welcome:
The Best Sites For Learning About Nelson Mandela (there is a ton of resources there that I won’t duplicate here, which is why you won’t find many specific apartheid resources on this list)
Around The World: South Africa from TIME for Kids.
The 11 Languages of South Africa (thanks to Michelle Henry for the tip)
South Africa under apartheid in the 1970s is an audio slideshow from the BBC with some excellent photos.
A Fighter With a Camera in Apartheid-Era South Africa is a New York Times slideshow.
Here’s a short, touching NY Times video on the life of a child going to school in South Africa: