ESoL

ESOL Language Arts develops students’ vocabulary and language skills in English through intensive reading and speaking practice and explicit instruction in reading strategies, pronunciation, and writing, in order to effectively prepare students for English and Humanities courses at Darrow and beyond.

ESOL American Literature is a skills-building course for English language learners that explores different genres of literature written in the U.S. In this course, students practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in order to get better acclimated to the American classroom and to begin producing essays in English. Students read two novels and many short stories and poems. Discussion on topics touched upon in fiction and nonfiction texts and films is a focal point of the class, as is writing. This class helps prepare students for the work of Writing and Literature.

This course parallels the mainstream Writing and Literature 1 class, but provides extra support to English language learners.

What does it mean to survive and what does it mean to thrive? What does it mean to be a citizen of the world? This course tackles questions such as these while building a skill set that includes observation, interpretation, developing research questions, paraphrasing, leading discussions, citing sources, thinking critically, determining the reliability of sources, making connections, and recognizing patterns in history. This practical course incorporates a hands-on active curriculum in which students help guide the curriculum based on their interests.

ESOL Environmental Science prepares students for mainstream science courses at Darrow while covering the subject of Environmental Science. Topics include: diversity of ecosystems, taxonomy of living organisms, species’ survival and interaction, our New England environment, energy in the atmosphere, climate change, solutions to global warming, and sustainable living. Students practice research skills, ask questions, record observations, analyze and present data, and learn strategies for reading and responding to informational texts.

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