The ESL Nexus

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By The ESL Nexus
These 25 writing prompts can be used when teaching about the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in a world history class or about the Near or Middle East in a world geography class or for doing quick writes or longer writing tasks in an English class.
Subjects:
World History, Geography, Writing
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Printables, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.3, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.3, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.1...
$6.00
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By The ESL Nexus
This set of 12 photographs can be used during Black History Month, when teaching world geography courses, in language arts courses that are reading African literature, or any time you are teaching about West Africa or African Studies in Social
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Graphic Arts, Black History Month
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Clip Art, By TpT Sellers for TpT Sellers, Cultural Activities
$3.25
3 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
If you teach about Africa in a world geography class, read African literature in a Language Arts class, or need an activity for Black History Month, these writing prompts are for you! This resource contains 2 types of writing tasks with different
Subjects:
Writing, Black History Month, African History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Literacy Center Ideas, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.4...
$5.25
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By The ESL Nexus
Chinese New Year 2019 is the Year of the Pig! Celebrate with these photographs of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac created in a style of folk art that is common in Xi'an, China. Your students can use them in writing assignments about China or
Subjects:
Graphic Arts, Asian Studies, Holidays/Seasonal
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Bulletin Board Ideas, Clip Art, Cultural Activities
$3.25
3 ratings
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By The ESL Nexus
This resource has 3 parts: 11 photographs of gourds, printable pages with writing prompts about the gourds, and an online paperless version of the writing prompts about the gourds. There are 4 prompts that let students practice:* Narrative writing,
Subjects:
Writing, Autumn, Products For TpT Sellers
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.3.1, W.3.3, W.3.4, W.3.6, W.3.10, W.4.1, W.4.3, W.4.4, W.4.6, W.4.10, W.5.1...
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By The ESL Nexus
If you teach about Africa in a world geography class, read African literature in a Language Arts class, or need an activity for Black History Month, these writing prompts are for you! This resource contains 2 types of writing tasks with different
Subjects:
Writing, Black History Month, African History
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Internet Activities, Cultural Activities, Google Apps
CCSS:
W.5.1, W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.1, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.1, W.7.2, W.7.4...
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By The ESL Nexus
Scenic images from southern Maine are represented in this set of 8 photographs. Use them when teaching about New England or the 50 States, or whenever you need realistic images of the Atlantic Ocean, lighthouses, or flowers. For personal,
Subjects:
Environment, Other (Specialty), Geography
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Other, Bulletin Board Ideas, Cultural Activities
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By The ESL Nexus
This freebie includes 1 clip art image based on a photograph of an artifact and 3 writing prompts about that same artifact that I purchased when I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This resource is a sampler from a
Subjects:
Social Studies - History, Writing, Black History Month
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Printables, Clip Art, Cultural Activities
CCSS:
W.5.2, W.5.4, W.5.10, W.6.2, W.6.4, W.6.10, W.7.2, W.7.4, W.7.10, W.8.2, W.8.4...
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I specialize in creating low-prep, academically engaging resources for English Language Learners in Mainstream and ESL classes. Over a period of 25 years, I taught English Language Learners of all ages and proficiency levels at universities in Asia, private language programs in the US and finally at a public school in Massachusetts where I began by teaching Grades K - 8 and ended up teaching students in Grades 3 - 8. I taught English Language Development as well as Content-Based ESL that focused on Social Studies (Ancient History, World History, American History, World Geography); I also did push-in and pull-out Math and Science lessons for ELLs.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I loved helping adolescent English Language Learners develop their language, critical thinking and technology skills. I had high expectations for my students and I knew that with support, they could all be successful. I worked hard to create an atmosphere where students felt comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions because I believe that fostered their motivation and desire to learn. I embedded technology in my lessons as much as possible, but it was the human connection I made with each individual student that was most important to me as a teacher. I also really enjoyed collaborating with other teachers and helping them provide effective instruction to the English Language Learners in their classes. Some of my most rewarding experiences as an educator came from co-teaching lessons. I shared ideas with other teachers and implemented cross-curricular activities for students whenever possible to enhance their learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

ING Unsung Heroes Award in 2010; interviewed by Voice of America in 2008 about an online journal I founded and published for ELL teacher trainers; Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Award to India in 2007; nominated for Disney's American Teacher Award in 2001; presented at educational conferences in the US, Canada, and China; published articles about teaching English Language Learners in professional journals and books.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.A. Brown University (anthropology); M.A. School for International Training (intercultural administration); M.A.T. School for International Training (teaching English to speakers of other languages); numerous courses, workshops and in-service trainings on all aspects of teaching English Language Learners; studied French in an intensive summer program in Quebec; high school exchange student to Sweden for one year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Other interests include photography, the Old West, cuisine throughout the ages, and collecting postcards. You can follow me on My Blog, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

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