Monday, August 15, 2011

Exploring America's Historic Newspapers!

The US Library of Congress has made it possible for anyone to access "America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress". Imagine being able to read about the Spanish-American War from the daily of the time! Think about how informative to students it would be to see how people of the time viewed what they are studying in your class. The visuals-political cartoons, photographs, sketches, etc.-would provide solid content for ELLs to follow the lesson in English, geography, social studies, etc. With probing questions , quality choices, creative cooperative learning activities, ELLs will be exposed to rich language, new vocabulary (some dated some not), and many opportunities to delve deeply into content with a feeling of success.

Again, pulling from such resources will enhance a lesson. It will supplement it in a way that will leave a memorable image in the minds of your students.



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