Semantic Map: Categorization of important content ideas, vocabulary, and language functions related to a theme or topic. It helps students identify important ideas and how these ideas fit together. It is also an alternate format to the outline.


    Four Corners: The teacher directs students to different corners of the room depending on their responses to questions. When assembled in groups, students share ideas with classmates who answered the question in a similar way.

    Numbered Heads: The teacher numbers students 1 to 4 within small groups. He or she then calls out a question or problem. Students in teams put their heads together to locate and discuss the answer. The teacher next calls a number from 1 to 4. The student on each team whose number was called writes the answer on the team response board. Team members may not help them! When teams are ready, the designated students stand and hold up their response board to show their answers.

    Electronic Bulletin Board: A designated space on a server where students submit electronic projects and have access to the work of classmates. Students create a PowerPoint slide show with information concerning the immigrant they researched. They add relevant links as well as pertinent information. Once completed, they post their work on the electronic bulletin board for others to access.

    Living Wax Museum: Each student prepares and practices a short speech about the immigrant he or she researched telling about the person's life and accomplishments from the first person point of view. Students dress in costume and freeze in a pose until a classmate approaches and activates a "button." At that point, the student in costume delivers his or her speech.

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