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This document is part of a series of guides for teachers in which the Division of Bilingual Education of the New York City Board of Education presents a learner-centered model in which the learner sees himself or herself in the story. Learners are able to relive their own experiences or those of their parents or grandparents as they left their own countries and migrated to the United States. Each guide contains two versions of the same story, a shorter version with illustrations and a longer version with few or no illustrations. The story in this guide is that of Jennifer, who comes to New York City from a village in southern China. Her story spans her departure from China to her eventual graduation from college in the United States. The model begins with reading the story aloud. From the story learners will connect many of the experiences to the different disciplines, including language arts, mathematics, and social studies. The guide contains many suggested activities using cooperative learning, hands-on experiences, and various types of group and individual work. The first appendix discusses authentic assessment, including portfolio assessment, and the second explores parent involvement. A third appendix suggests activities arranged by subject area, and a fourth appendix is a suggested field trip activity. (SLD)

Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Chinese, Chinese Culture, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Immigration, Life Events, Models, Performance Based Assessment, Personal Narratives, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods

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Autor: Herendeen, Noemi Carrera; Mitchell, Alaire; Dinos, Carmen


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