ESL 093 Unit 1 - Forming and Expanding the Nation

Part One: Working with Texts

Revolution and the New Nation

Follow the link below and complete all the accompanying activities.

http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/revolution-images/

  • Read the text. Complete a timeline of the different events that are talked about. Post it on your blog.
  • Choose 1 picture and explain it on your blog. What does it show? How does it fit in on the timeline you created in the first post?
  • Comment on the posts of your classmates. Be sure to say something substantive. Don’t just say “I agree.” You might want to ask a question or make a connection to something you read on someone else’s blog.
  • Locate at least ten words in the text that are new to you. Start a “Vocabulary” page on your blog, and add the words and their meanings to it. It would also be a good idea to include the sentence from the text with the word so you can refer back to it later. Look at my Vocabulary page for an idea of what I am looking for.

Expansion and Reform

Choose 1 of the links below and complete the activities for that link.

http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/lewis-clark/

  • Read the text. Complete a timeline of the expedition and post it to your blog. In the same post, record your thoughts about why this was an important event in US history.
  • Comment on the posts of your classmates. Be sure to say something substantive. Don’t just say “I agree.” You might want to ask a question or make a connection to something you read on someone else’s blog.
  • Add at least 10 more words to your Vocabulary page.

http://www.lewis-clark.org

  • Look around the site. Then click on “The Corps”. Choose one person who traveled with Lewis and Clark. Read what the site has to say about them and then summarize the important points on your blog. Be sure to link to the site where you found your information.
  • Comment on the posts of your classmates. Be sure to say something substantive. Don’t just say “I agree.” You might want to ask a question or make a connection to something you read on someone else’s blog.
  • Add at least 10 more words to your Vocabulary page.

Part Two: Working with academic vocabulary

Step 1

Be sure you know the meaning of these words from the Academic Word List. All of them can be found in the text you read. These academic words and the others we will work with are the words that you will responsible for on tests and exams.

achieve aid apparent assemble availability bonds concept
conflict contributed debated despite documents drafted economic
enormous established eventually factors final finance founding
ignored illustrate insertion instructions insufficient major military
normalize occupying occurring overseas participation previous prime
prior reaction region resolved revolution role significant
strategic subsequent temporary traditional transport virtual volunteers

To test whether or not you know the meaning, complete the vocabulary cloze activity you find on Blackboard. Bring it to class on Monday, completed.

Step 2

Then decide what part or parts of speech each of the 49 academic words above are or can be. Complete the worksheet that you can find on Blackboard. Upload it there when you are done.

Step 3

Next, open the Unit 1 AWL Corpus document you will find on Blackboard to see how these academic words are really used. Study the examples. Then write 2 sentences for each word on the list. Your sentences should use the word in ways that they were used in the examples.

For example, one use of factors is:

  • [002] he following questions with your classmates. • What FACTORS could cause a lake to die? • Why might farming be

So you might write a sentence:

  • What factors could have influenced your decision?

And then you will choose another example and write another sentence with the word.

Send both the example sentences and your new sentences to me in a document as an email attachment. I will look at them and let you know if they are OK or not. If they are, you can upload them to Blackboard. If they aren't, you will have to edit the sentences and send them to me again until they are correct. I will be looking both at your use of the word and at the overall grammar of the sentence.

Part Three: Working with grammar

Look at the explanatory grammar materials on Blackboard. Complete the grammar activities and upload them there.

Part Four: Going Deeper

Finally, you will write a paper. Be sure to complete all the steps outlined below.

  • Choose one of the people or events that you have learned about. Do more research and write a 500 word paper in which you take the knowledge you gained from study in class and go deeper with it.
  • After you choose your topic, make a brief post to your blog in which you explain who or what you are going to write about and why you chose that topic. Please make your post by 9/12.
  • The next assignment is to gather at least five sources of information about the topic. One of these sources can be Wikipedia, but you are expected to use other sources, as well. ALL of your sources must be in English. Post the list to your blog, with a bit of explanation as to what the list is. THis must be done before class on 9/14.
  • Your first draft should be emailed to me by 9/19. I will make comments and suggestions and return it to you. The final draft is due 9/25 and should be uploaded to both Blackboard and your blog.

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