Table of Contents:
Global Context embedded, literacy sensitive,
PBL-Driven Units and frameworks
Introduction: Overview and framework for empowering diverse populations
1. Current Events Inquiry: Complex Qs for a Complex world
2. Citizens Journalism: Futures Public Radio
3. Screenwriting workshop: The LAst Book in the Universe
4. Writing the Text for sustainability: Window
5. What's Going on in this picture? Photojournalism, Image Grammar, and primary source analysis
6. The Power of Music to unite communities
7. Street Art and secret messages: Exit through the EAL Class
8. Student-Led Professional Development Workshops: engage disengaged teacher learners
9. EAL and DESIGN: Community and citizens' Maker spaces
10. GLOBAL Voices: The power of narratives to change the world
11. Live Broadcasting: EAL On THE Airwaves
12. "The Future is OURS": STUDENTs IDEATE NEW Projects
Overview and Framework:
Empowering Diverse Populations
Occupy Middle School and ISB EAL are proudly working towards a professional collaboration with the Center for Applied Linguistics and Jose Medina. The Gr8 EAL classroom engages students within an interconnected framework of Sustainable Development Goals, MYP Global Contexts, SIOP framed content and language objectives, and WIDA literacy rubrics. Our OMS/ISB EAL/CAL collaborative goal is rooted in empowering diverse student populations via global citizenship, multilingualism, multiculturalism, authentic literacy, and real-world projects and publications.
From a more unit-based perspective, students embark on authentic publication and inquiry-based work, collaborating to create technology-based outputs and project ideas designed to generate solutions related to global and local issues. All student inquiry and lesson preparation links to ELA literacy standards, WIDA rubrics, 21st century learning goals, and sheltered instruction (SIOP) EAL practices.
Results of the developmental work will be shared at the following conferences and collaborations:
Singapore: eduTECH Asia Conference
Shanghai, China: MUN/GIN Teachers' Sessions
Bangkok, Thailand: NIST Global Citizenship education conference (date TBA)
Seoul, Korea: Seoul Foreign School / Occupy Middle School -- Global Contexts curricular design and collaboration residency (March 1-3, April 2-7)
THE Units and frameworks
1. Current Events:
2. Citizens Journalism:
futures Public Radio
(Above) Judy, a recent EAL arrival, embraced her role as a town hall facilitator for the campus radio station and has since become president of the HS Chapter of Futures Public Radio.
3. screenwriters workshop:
THe Last Book in the UNiverse
Along the way, students have opportunities to practice scenes to develop expressive interpretations of a novel as well and to better comprehend and determine the necessary nuances and fictional elements of a book that must be a part of the screenplay:
4. Then and Now: The story of cities
Writing the Text for a picture only Book:
In the video below, Grade 8 students Karen, Austin, Caterina, and So Yeon share tips and experiences on how to write and record a narrative for a picture book without text. In this case, the book Window focuses on important themes related to sustainability and development of cities, themes which drove the creative process and narrative elements. 4MW hopes to follow a similar PBL experience later in the school year.
In this final reading of the project, students feel expressive and proud but also recognize things they would change in the next multimedia piece.
Grade eight students Soyeon, Karen, Caterina, and Austin crafted the narrative for the picture only book Window. Window examines the influential role of development on our natural surroundings by following one child through his first twenty-four years of life. The writing team collaborated by creating drafts that were then vetted by the entire group. Using multimedia and FPR as a publishing platform allows the grade eight team to share their work with the entire elementary school and global community more easily."
"While there are many opportunities left for literacy growth and media literacy development, this project highlights the interconnectedness of global citizenship, literacy, community media publication, and growth mindset.
Meaningful connection: The Guardian and the Rockefeller Foundation team up for an insightful series on development of cities: The Story of Cities
5. What's Going on in this picture?
IMage Grammar and photojournalism
Student-led, global issues based image grammar workshop
6. The Power of Music
What's Your Song?
The Stories behind my playlist
(Above) Judy highlights her understanding of figurative language and author's craft through the study of her favorite song. Songs and songwriting are a powerful entry point to literacy and analysis for any student.
7. Exit through the EAL Class:
does art have the power to change the world?
Starting with Exit Through the Gift Shop, students delve into basic questions like "What is art?", with the eventual examination of art and its role in society. Messages from political artists and satirists like Banksy are studied. Students then develop some of their own thematic street art around the school, embedded creatively into school walls like the great street artists do. Artists will share their vision via either QR codes within the art and/or and actual walking tour of the art with the artists.
"How Can Art Change the World?" inquiry transfers nicely into numerous art forms such as music, modern art, film, theater, and dance.
8. Student-Led Professional Development Workshops
FPR and EAL Student Investigative Journalists will lead journalism workshops at the Concordia Global Issues Network Conference. Students will present to both HS students and international teachers through modeling and discussing the skills involved in a town hall / moderated interview setting. Attendees will be the audience with conference keynote speakers as interviewees. GINasia2018
Thank you to LeeAnne Lavender of Concordia International School Shanghai for the collaboration on this exciting project.
9. EAL and DESIGN: Community and citizens' Maker spaces
10. GLOBAL VOICES: THE POWER OF NARRATIVES TO CHANGE THE WORLD
In the videos above, the empathy and passion in the student story pitch and narrative poem performance are powerful reminders of the high level of student desire to make a difference in their complicated worlds. Capturing the process and the standards in reading and research, writing, and speaking becomes a joy to observe and collect.
11. Live Broadcasting: EAL on the Airwaves
FPR and EAL students collaborate to manage the live broadcasting booth in the cafeteria. Responsibilities include: Monthly program planning, service club integration and PSAs, live deejaying including mini-stories that establish thematic music shows (ex: great women of music), leading live interviews, and being an essential community voice in a public setting.
Other developing ideas:
FPR/EAL host the inaugural Global Issues Media Network and journalism conference: May 2017!!!
Leading SDG Hands-On Workshops
World Poverty Research and Action Mini-Institute
Women's Human Rights and Gender Equity mini-Institute
Curating a Global Issues Library
Recreating the Menu - From Farm to Table from Table to Waste
MS Student-led Wellness Program: Design and Wellness Community Project
Consumption, Media, and the Mental Environment
Global Contexts and EAL idea bank