In our first English Language Acquisition unit for grades 7-8 (phase 3), we addressed the following statement of inquiry:
Relationships are built differently across cultures, depending on the connections people make and the contexts in which they live.
Using Relationships as an umbrella topic for the key concept of Connections, we encouraged students to do research on a certain type of relationships: people and technology, technology and language, people and animals, among others, and present them to their peers. As Brian and I teach different students, that provided the best opportunity to get students to speak with a sense of audience.
Students were encouraged to select pictures that could exemplify their ideas, and to design their slides in a way that they only served as visual support, and to prepare questions for their peers when being part of the audience. Interaction was not negotiable!
As a final summative / reflection my students prepared the script for a mute video entitled ‘The Potter’ and then recorded and added their voices. Below is the outcome of this unit for Charlie Liu, Tom Sato and Ray Pang.