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Compton Unified School District

Journalism for English Learners Institute (After school Program)

Purpose:

  • To prevent Long Term English Learners (LTELs), the Journalism for English Learners Institute is a project-based after-school program that is designed for ELs in grades 3-5 who have been in the U.S. schools for more than 4 years and are at an English proficiency level of Intermediate or below (CELDT Level 3 or below).
  • This program provides support for ELs' language and literacy development via a specially designed journalism curriculum. The 10-unit curriculum is delivered through a cycle of 12 weeks, 3 hours per week, and develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through analyzing the structure and elements of written investigative journalistic articles.

Key Features:

  • Aligned to the ELA Common Core and 2012 ELD Standards
  • Utilizes research-based strategies and routines
  • Applies knowledge of informational text, specifically in the journalistic genre
  • Engages students in producing a culminating project, the publication of a newspaper
  • Involves students in using the four language domains by researching, conducting interviews and writing articles

Academic Focus:

  • Exploring journalistic writing: informational text features and structures
  • Research & Questioning skills
  • Interviewing & Note-Taking skills

Target students for the school year 2016-17:

  • Fifth graders at risk of becoming LTELs will have priority. Identify fifth graders who have shown no growth or negative growth on their CELDT scores for two consecutive years.
  • Schools with low numbers of fifth graders can include fourth and/or sixth graders in the Journalism class.
  • Recommended student to teacher ratio is 1:10 with no more than 15 students per group.

Participating Schools:

  • Exploring journalistic writing: informational text features and structures
  • Research & Questioning skills
  • Interviewing & Note-Taking skills
  • All elementary schools can participate in the program.