Having students spend some time transcribing historical texts, whether they be materials from Shakespeare’s time, slave narratives, or war correspondence, can be an engaging and educational experience. Talking about doing something that has an authentic audience!
Here are some places that offer opportunities for volunteer transcribers:
Here are some lesson resources specifically for English Language Learners:
Learn pronouns and the importance of learning from failures and mistakes through this interactive on J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. It’s a lesson I posted for ELLs at The NY Times Learning Network.
Check out my New York Times post for English Language Learners on the Winter Olympics and using picture dictation in the classroom. It includes a student interactive and teaching ideas. It’s about the last Olympics, but the ideas can easily be adapted and modified.
Tricks is a NY Times feature: “Snowboarders and skiers have an extensive vocabulary of spins and flips. Some tricks are named for their technical requirements, others for their flair. Here, some of the best riders describe the joy and fear that come with these jaw-dropping maneuvers.”
We can’t all be Olympic athletes. (In fact some of us, including your humble narrator, should not be allowed anywhere near ice or blades.) But we all face times when we really don’t want to do something that we, nonetheless, really have to do. Drawing from interviews with top athletes and their coaches, along with psychological studies of athletes, here are seven ways Olympians stay motivated through the training slog. I doubt teachers will find a more useful article on the Olympics — piece combines the high interest and topic subject of the Olympics with just about every priority in Social Emotional Learning.
The Ford Foundation has recently published a useful quiz to help people examine their own privilege and a similar older BuzzFeed quiz has recently been making the rounds on Social Media (I’ve also shared them here previously). Though I wouldn’t necessarily use those quizzes for high school (though they could be very effective for professional development purposes or for college classes), there are other resources I think would be usable. I thought I’d share them all here.
Another Simon’s Cat video is a good one for English Language Learners. Not only can students watch it and then retell what they saw happen both in written and oral form, but this episode is particularly good for reviewing the seasons.