Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
16. Negotiating American History: Bilingual Learners Collaboratively Compose Information Texts (Fifth Grade)
PATRIANN SMITH, AIMEE FRIER, AND JENIFER JASINSKI SCHNEIDER
A small group of bilingual students worked together to create a report on the French and Indian War. Their teacher placed them together and encouraged them to use Spanish, their first language. Two preservice teachers, Ms. Tabitha (L1) and Ms. Alicia (L2), self-selected to work with this group. This case focuses on their instructional choices and the students’ corresponding reactions.
• Fifth grade class
• K–8 Catholic school
• Six bilingual learners (fluent English and Spanish speakers, except for one boy who was still becoming fluent in English)
• Lesson taught by Ms. Tabitha, a white 38-year-old woman and English- only speaker
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