Tag Archives: ESL

The benefits of Literature Circles in ESL

In the past two weeks, I have introduced in my classes a very important reading activity called Literature Circles. LitCircles are small discussion groups in which children regularly discuss books. Students talk about events, characters in the book, interesting vocabulary, or personal experiences related to the story. Literature circles help students engage in critical thinking […]

What a Wonderful World – Exploring Connections Between Music and Human Rights

The song “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong is a good segue into a discussion about human and child rights as well as inequality in the world. Every year, my students and I study the lyrics of the song in our Grade 4 classes. We explore and discuss the meaning of each stanza. In […]

Reverse Poem Word Study – Lost Generation

Poems can be challenging of ESL students. English language learners often struggle to understand them since poems do not give the reader much of a context. Poems are a great resource for language learning and word study. In one of my co-taught Grade 4 classes, we have recently explored a reverse poem that has a […]