Saturday, January 12, 2019

American students edit Spanish social problem essays

As their editing warm-up assignment, students from the Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX edited social problem essays of students from Instituto de Educación Secundaria IES Prado Mayor in Totana, Murcia, Spain under the mentorship of Mrs. Trini Serrano Diaz. Spanish students described their social problems and made predictions using “will,” “if,” “unless,” etc. Two most common social problems Spanish students described were pollution and obesity, which are also among the social issues America is facing. El Pais reported that pollution has killed 93,000 people in Spain in the last decade. In Odessa and West Texas, in general, The Texas Tribune reported that the unprecedented oil drilling boom in the region is polluting the air. Additionally, the obesity problem is getting bigger in Spain according to Euro Weekly and is common, serious, and costly for Americans according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This writing activity helps students understand these aspects of the social issues faced by these two countries.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Asian students support AEC students’ truism writing

Students from Dapitan City National High School, Dapitan City, Philippines supported students from Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX to create truisms for the alternative students' essay writing activities. Asian students provided drawings from their editorial cartooning lesson in Social Studies. AEC students used the drawings to create truisms to write their expository and persuasive essays as practice exercises for their first semester test in English. Using a truism to write an essay is inspired by Gretchen Bernabei’s kernel essay structure.

Monday, May 21, 2018

AEC students edit Spanish writing samples

As their revising and editing practice for their final test in English, students of the Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX revised and edited writing samples of students from IES Prado Mayor in Totana, Spain under the advisorship of Ms. Trini Serrano. The writing samples were from 12-year-old students who are in their first year of Secondary Compulsory Education. Titled "Now and Then," the writing samples allowed Spanish students to practice using present and past tenses of the verb in the English language. Alternative education students focused their revising and editing task on the usage of the past and present tenses to help improve their narrative writing skills.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Spanish students revise and edit AEC writing samples

Students from Spain revised and edited writing samples of alternative students from Odessa, TX. Students of the course 2ºESO of Ms. Africa Puerta, Arts teacher of IES Prado Mayor in Totana, Spain, chose a writing sample from the American writing samples given to them. They corrected and improved the writing sample chosen according to their current English grammar skills. The teacher reported that her students were delighted with the experience as they have been learning English as their second language.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

AEC students join Doodle 4 Google 2018

Alternative Education Center students participated in the Doodle 4 Google 2018. This year's theme was "What Inspires Me?" Using Google Drawings and geometric figures, students drew anything school-appropriate that inspires them. Winners will be announced on the week of April 9, 2018. Additionally, students wrote an essay describing their entry. Their writing outputs were sent to their international partners for writing and editing activities.