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"Our Lives, Our Words": Improving Student Writing Through Digital Photography

English Language Learners and their ESOL teachers in grades K-5 participated in the "Our Lives, Our Words" program in order to improve student writing through the use of digital photography. Each class participating in the project completed three writing projects incorporating digital photography. The majority of students showed at least a 1 point growth on the WIDA rubric in their writing level between baseline and summative assessments. Here are the lesson plans our teachers developed and used for the program. Lessons were done in a variety of content areas including RELA, Math, Social Studies and Science. 

Each lesson includes a Common Core aligned lesson plan, Expanded WIDA strand (demonstrates student expectations for each language level), student-friendly writing rubric, content rubric, peer editing checklist, and all handouts or powerpoint presentations used.

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1st Grade Projects

by Laurah Jurca

Throughout these three projects, students will use digital cameras to motivate and augment their own writing. 
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2nd Grade Projects

by Laurah Jurca

Throughout these projects, students will use digital photography to motivate and enhance their writing. 
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3rd Grade Projects

by Laurah Jurca

Throughout these three projects, students will use digital cameras to motivate and augment their own writing.
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4th Grade Projects

by Laurah Jurca

Throughout these three projects, students will use digital cameras to motivate and augment their own writing. 
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Staff Development resources for the "Our Words, Our Lives" program. Includes documents, powerpoints, handouts and agendas from summer workshop and fall meetings. 
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