Even though, as I mentioned, I feel I’m pretty experienced in writing and Social Studies (since I teach both English and Social Studies classes), I thought it couldn’t hurt my credential students or me if I created a similar list for that subject.
As I mentioned yesterday, in addition to teaching high school during the day, I also teach an ESL Methods class to teacher credential candidates at California State University, Sacramento.
Next semester, I have also insanely agreed to teach a content literacy class to credential candidates at the University of California, Davis.
I’ve got a good handle on writing in Social Studies (though will be posting a separate list for that subject) and English classes and, in preparation for the course, am reading up on writing in math and science classes. Yesterday, I published The Best Resources For Writing In Math Class.
Here are the best places that students can share their own immigration stories, and/or those of their families, so that an authentic audience can read or see them. Their stories can also remain anonymous at these sites by using a pseudonym:
Clearly, the best one is from the University of Minnesota – Immigrant Stories. Their announcement today that they are expanding their local program internationally (see the NBC News article, Immigrant Story Archiving Project to Expand Internationally) is what prompted me to post this list. It’s a video archive, and it includes a step-by-step interactive on planning a video, including offering specific suggestions of topics (for example, focusing on an object).
“My Immigration Story” is designed for immigrants to share their story in 200 words or less. It’s specifically designed to:
Let other Americans know how the current generation of immigrants is helping enrich this land of opportunity.
This online tool walks students through the process step by step, showing them how to understand an issue before taking a side, use evidence to support a claim, and address the opposing point of view. At the end, students have a complete argumentative essay with an introduction, body, counterargument, and conclusion.
You have to register to use it (it’s free) and then students can log-in and work on seven different units. The units seem very accessible and engaging.
“Every October 20, the National Council of Teachers of English celebrates the importance, joy, and evolution of writing through a tweetup, using the hashtag #WhyIWrite and events hosted by thousands of educators across the country.”
Here are thirty-six “Best” lists related to writing. I need to revised and update some of them, but many are up-to-date. The first two in particular are my “go-to” lists: