Lesson Plan: Should Bilingual Education be in U.S. Shcools?

bilguinal edStudents will watch a video and form a position about dual language education, write a persuasive essay on U.S. citizenship requirements and complete a project tracking the pros and cons of having a bilingual nation.

View the video Bilingual Education in U.S. Schools by Voice of America

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- Dual Language Education

Objective:  Students will watch a video and form a position on dual language education programs

Lesson Plan 2- Persuasive Writing

Objective:  Students will conduct research and write a persuasive essay on U.S. citizenship requirements

Lesson Plan 3- Pros and Cons of a Bilingual United States

Objective:  Students will collect news articles supporting or criticizing a bilingual United States

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Use systems thinking
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Use and Manage Information
Analyze Media
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
National Association of Bilingual Education
Mayor’s Push for Bilingual City by the Associated Press
Bilingual Education by the University of Michigan
The Bilingual Advantage by the New York Times
Federal Government Orders Bilingual Ballots by Fox News

Additional Resources from the Library :
Bilingual Education
Immigrants and Immigration
Developing Countries and Education
United Nations Millennium Goals


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