EL Support Lesson
I Pledge Allegiance
Students will be able to define key vocabulary used in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Students will be able to use vocabulary from the Pledge of Allegiance in context with the help of sentence frames.
- Explain to students that today they will learn some of the vocabulary used in the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Define nation and write it on the board. Ask students to think of examples, and write them on the board.
- Have students turn to partners to discuss what they know about our nation.
Building academic language
- Provide definitions (on board or projected) of all tiered vocabulary.
- Model filling out the Frayer Model worksheet for the term nation. Have students turn and talk to each other before volunteering ideas.
- Assign groups of 3–4 students one Frayer Model to complete together.
- Have students use sentence stems and/or frames for support in their oral discussion.
- Allow students to create and share aloud their own sentences with the new vocabulary words. For example: "The flag of ____ has ____ and ____."
- Distribute the Pledge Vocabulary Context Clues worksheet.
- Read the directions to the students, and ask a volunteer to repeat the instructions back to you.
- Review the example. Have students explain the context clues.
- Have students work independently or in pairs to complete the rest of the worksheet.
- Distribute the Pledge Vocabulary worksheet, read the directions to the students, and ask students to repeat the instructions back to the person sitting next to them.
- Have students work in pairs to complete the rest of the worksheet.
Additional EL adaptations
- Beginner ELs may need sentence frames to discuss the Pledge Vocabulary Context Clues worksheet. For example: "I know ____ fits in this sentence because ____."
- Advanced ELs may work independently on the Pledge Vocabulary worksheet.
Formative Assessment of Academic Language(2 minutes)
- Assess students' understanding of the vocabulary by evaluating their accuracy with partner talk, worksheets, and participation throughout the class.
Review and closing(2 minutes)
- Instruct students to think about elements of a flag they are familiar with, then turn to a partner and do a think-pair-share. Ask volunteers to share with the class.