Clines, also known as spectrums, are a good way to teach English Language Learners various vocabulary “gradations.”
We’re starting a unit on “Descriptions” this week in my ELL Beginner’s class, and here’s slideshow I put together in a few minutes to teach “boiling, hot, cool, cold, freezing” using both climate and food/beverages. The “answer key” is on the last slide.
After I do some quick initial teaching of the words, I place them on sticky notes around the world. I show an image, and then students go to the area they think it represents. Later, student write the words using a diagonal line (see lots of examples here).
Wednesday, Sept. 27: Picture This: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills With New York Times Photos, Videos, and Infographics
And, speaking of the Learning Network, I’ll be writing a few posts from them this year on teaching English Language Learners as soon as I’m done putting the final touches on my next book about teaching ELLs (probably in a week or two).
Simplish will “simplify” and/or summarize any text up to 2,500 words for free (you have to pay for longer documents) and, though I’m not entirely sure of this feature, it also apparently will do the same for translation (e.g. input a document in one language and then simplify or summarize it into another language).
In many ways it’s similar to Rewordify, another tool on that list, though Rewordify is free for longer documents and, I think, works better (though it, too, has its limitations).
I was much more impressed with Simplish’s ability to summarize than its simplification skills. Here’s a partial example of how it “simplified” a paragraph from this article in today’s New York Times (its “footnoting” of more difficult words was interesting):
For me, the bottom line – for me – is that there are so many other resources on that “Best” list of human-assisted simplified articles that I question if having imperfectly-done automatic versions are really worth it. But I’m sure there will be technological advancements in the coming years that will have sites like Simplish and Rewordify much better at their jobs.
What could Americans have known about the Nazi threat from reading their local newspapers in the 1930s and 1940s? You can help the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum find out. Join our team of citizen historians whose research will be shared with scholars, curators, and the public.
They have a special page for educators, including lesson plans and resources. Students research newspaper archives to identify articles to contribute to the museum’s database.
Students will use these sentence frames tomorrow, share with partners and then share with the class. It’s a fun way to review and practice writing, speaking and listening. The sentence frames obviously be modified in many different ways:
Are there any other ways you use Spot The Difference images?