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Integrating Language and Culture in Middle School American History Classes

  • Author(s): Short, Deborah J.
  • et al.

This report describes preliminary findings from a study examining school American history classes with English language learners. The study has investigated the construction of social studies knowledge in these and the development and implementation of lessons that address the and educational backgrounds of the learners while integrating language content, and culture objectives. After briefly describing some features studies language, revealed through analyses of classroom discourse books, this report focuses on the implementation of several lessons project-developed unit, "Protest and the American Revolution." Attention is paid to teacher accommodations, student oral and written participation, infusion of multicultural issue and perspectives.

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