Shark News 12 is an innovative program designed by ESL instructors Kaia Karmyn and Veronica O’Brien. Student struggling to learn English not only have the fun of creating a newscast, they learn five critical skills that improve their proficiency and confidence. The skills are: Fluency – a natural feel for the English language; Linking prior Knowledge – recalling information and conducting research on events and learning activities that take place at school; Sequencing – why certain segments are in the beginning, middle and end; Differentiate language discourse – learning the difference between formal and informal language; Collaboration – and learning how the final project becomes something more precious than just the sum of its parts.
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Candice O. Bland
Comic Relief – Jersey City art teacher Michael Markman teaches fifth graders at Dr. Michael Conti School the fine art of producing comic books. They not only learn how to write and illustrate a book, they also are learning how to overcome obstacles as an author/illustrator. The art and literacy teachers show students how to developed characters, write narratives, and transfer stories into a comic strip. Attached are two lesson plans that include visual arts and English language arts.
Students learned about the charming paintings of folk/ outsider artist Horace Pippin. Based on Pippin’s quote “Pictures just come to my mind and I tell my heart to go ahead” students painted a person in their life that was a true inspiration to them. Middle school students described the person with words then again with paint. This is part of an NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Grant called Art Connect Kids & Culture.