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Friday, October 20 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Global Learning Starts Local

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Adult ESL students at Intermediate High and Advanced levels learned local ties to national WW11 history through the ESL version of the memoir/novel “She Built Ships During World War 11” by Jeane Slone. We share our teaching experiences, reading strategy supports, and how our students connected to our global past.

Proposal Summary
We taught “She Built Ships During World War 11,” a historical, memoir-based novel, written by Jeane Slone, and revised for ESL by Michelle Deya Knoop to give our students an understanding of the history of their local area. The book follows the life of a Rosie the Riveter and her co-workers at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, CA, through the war years, and so much more! In learning the local history of WW11 in Richmond, students also learned about the imprisoning of Japanese-Americans, the migration of southern African-Americans to war-related manufacturing centers, the Port Chicago disaster, and prevailing views on women’s place in society and the workforce. The accompanying workbook supported vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and sparked many exciting discussions. The format of the workshop is in three parts: first: a brief introduction of the book by the author; second, Sandra’s experience using a book that was beyond her students’ ability, and how she made it work with strategies and materials; finally, Frances shares how timing videos, field trips, and research with locals sparked her students to write their own newspaper on what became their proud history. We hope to help teachers do the same- if we can, you can!


Friday October 20, 2017 5:00pm - 5:45pm PDT
CC 204

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