February 27

Videos, Presentations, and Blogs

3rd Grade:

Students in 3rd grade chose wordless picture books and practiced descriptive writing by writing their own stories to go along with the illustrations. After they wrote the story, they recorded themselves reading it along with the pictures. Watch their final creative stories here!
Lisa part 1
Lisa part 2

6th Grade:

After learning about paraphrasing, Shirley created a screen cast video to show all that she learned and to teach others how to do the same. Watch this informational video to learn more about paraphrasing!

8th Grade:

In grade 7/8 EAL, we practiced our language skills through the theme of global warming. We used images, articles, videos, online research, and the short documentary, “Tipping Barrels,” to analyze the cause and effects of climate change.
This unit was coupled with persuasive writing, in which we learned the methods of persuasion (ethos, pathos, and logos), and analyzed how they are used in advertisements. The unit ended with the students working together to create a persuasive advertisement focusing on the environmental themes seen throughout the unit.

Watch it here. 

12th Grade:

Students in 12th grade read excerpts from the book Half The Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  After learning new vocabulary, annotating and writing outlines, students gave 45-minute presentations on their chosen excerpt. They also came up with their own questions in order to lead a class discussion based on the theme of their excerpt. They did a fantastic job on both the PowerPoint and public speaking. You can check out their PowerPoints below.

“Study Abroad”–in the Congo-xhrk4u

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In addition, the 12th graders continue to write on their blogs. One of their last posts was about living abroad.



February 14

Celebrating Leadership and Black History Month

6th Grade:

We have continued to celebrate black history month in 6th grade EAL. Jacobo learned more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. and created his own photo video based on the themes of peace, freedom, and unity. Jacobo watched and listened to parts of the “I Have a Dream” speech and used King’s expression and passion as motivation to add emotion to his own voice as he read.

5th Grade:

To finish up our unit on leadership, students interviewed leaders at Dwight. Students chose teachers and students to interview, learned how to write formal emails, practiced note-taking and created a newsletter using Google Slides.

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February 6

What have we been up to in EAL?

Students in 5A EAL finished their leadership projects this week. They chose leaders at Dwight that they wanted to learn more about. In our unit, we learned how to write formal emails and how to conduct an interview. After taking notes and reflecting on their interview, students created newsletters to share all that they learned. Check out their newsletters here!




In celebration of black history month, grade 6 EAL students learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and his role as a civil rights leader. After reading and listening about Martin Luther King Jr., students created a photo video based on the themes of peace, freedom, and unity. Students recited parts of his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” that he gave in Washington D.C. in 1963.  The aim of the project was to practice speaking fluency and presentation skills while celebrating an American icon.