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In the spring of 2020, households across the United States will be asked to participate in the census. We know that the census is critically important for a number of reasons. First, it determines how many representatives each state gets in Congress, and the results are used to redraw district boundaries. Second, communities rely on census data to make decisions about how to spend money and distribute resources. Finally, the federal government distributes more than $675 billion annually to states and communities based on Census Bureau statistics.

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What is a writing recap?

A writing recap, which is sometimes called an exit ticket or entry log is “and easy yet powerful way to get students to remember what they are learning while solidifying language and summarizing what they learned that day.”

-Zwiers, J. Building Academic Language, 2014

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None


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Purpose: to help learners listen to specific vocabulary, and get everyone laughing and moving. It’s great to use as an energizer for the middle of the class!

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  None

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Purpose:  to practice forming and writing wh- questions

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  A set of answers that can clearly be identified as belonging to a specific wh-question (what, why, where, when, how, who)


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Purpose:  to practice conjugating verbs in a fun and energizing game

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  a soft ball or beanbag


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Purpose:  to practice responding to verbal questions, and explaining rationale for responses

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Set of yes/no questions, true/false questions, or agree/disagree statements


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Purpose:  to give learners practice comparing and contrasting a wide variety of responses to a question or prompt

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Analyze Responses Grids


Purpose:  To give learners practice asking and answering questions

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Preparation: Find a reading passage at students' level

Materials Needed:  Copies of a short read passage at students' level  


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All over the country, there is talk of the increasing number of ICE raids over the past few years. When someone is arrested by ICE, it may lead to their removal from the U.S., or it may not. This uncertainty leads to fear in immigrant communities, and it is extremely important that people who may be subject to detention and removal are familiar with their rights. 

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Purpose:  to help learners develop their speaking fluency on a variety of topics in a low pressure environment

Preparation Time:  none

Materials Needed:  index cards




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