Student Work Samples and Analysis

Student Work Lesson 1 Analysis

Student Work Lesson 2 Analysis

Prepositions and Matisse

I based this ESOL lesson on prepositions on a still-life by Matisse.  First we did an artful thinking routine and named what we saw.  Then I made up silly sentences such as “the glass is on the chair,” and the students had to do a thumbs up if true, thumbs down if false.  I had put a word bank of prepositions on the board.  I asked the students if they would rather draw a still-life or an animal.  They all said animals.  I asked them how they would get the animal to stay, and from there we spoke about why artists often enjoy drawing still-life.  Then I asked them to draw their own still-life on the board.  Afterwards they had to write sentences about their still-life objects using prepositions from the word bank.  The response of the students was very enthusiastic and eager.

An explanation of the photos below: 1) This photo is just an example of how I hurriedly posted my student friendly content outcomes and language outcomes.  Using the SIOP model, all ESOL teachers are supposed to have two outcomes.  Supposedly all teachers will eventually have to do this. 2) Preposition word bank.  3) An original still-life with a sentence that uses a preposition.  4) Another sentence.  5) Another sentence.

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4 Responses to Student Work Samples and Analysis

  1. edu668 says:

    I love the connection to the art piece and prepositions! I can imagine how fast pace your lesson was by just looking at the pictures. You can also see the students thinking- which I love to point out to them -to let them know they are on target. Love the drawings!
    What is the SIOP model? Every district has their own jargon! Shelley

    • Kate Collins says:

      Thanks for your comment. SIOP stands for Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. It is a way of teaching English Language Learners in the content areas. Our county has held many workshop on the SIOP model. It includes many practices that all good teachers generally use, but the creators of the model were able to put it all together, rename the practices, put them in a framework for teaching ELLs, and…voila!
      Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP Model
      By Jana J. Echevarria, MaryEllen J. Vogt, Deborah J. Short
      Pub. Date: Mar 25, 2009 by Allyn & Bacon.
      ISBN-10: 0-205-62756-0
      ISBN-13: 978-0-205-62756-1

      • edu668 says:

        You are fortunate to have such great resources for your work.
        I would love for you to talk to my friend in MCPS that has just started teaching ELO students- she loves it and I bet two would have a lot to share!Shelley

  2. Kate Collins says:

    Shelley, is your friend a new ESOL teacher? Does she teach just ELLs, or is she working with them within the context of a regular class? It’s always good to share ideas. You’re welcome to give her my email address. Never hurts to share ideas.

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