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Have your English language learners create newspaper stories! Many students are curious about what is going on locally and globally. Have your class read the daily newspaper to see what they find interesting to write about. They can work independently or in cooperative groups (great for English language modeling!) Then have the students take a black and white picture of what they wrote about. They will love the opportunity to be their own photojournalist. Use all the stories and make your own class newspaper. 

Another idea is getting reprints of newspapers from the past or even go online. The students can write about a historical event as if they were living in that time period. For example, if your students are learning about the American Revolution, have them choose a battle or an American hero to write about.
I'd love to hear about how you implemented this ELD strategy in your class!
Rafael

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