Thursday, April 11, 2019

American students revise Spanish “for” or “against” essays

Alternative education students of Odessa, TX revised essays of students from Instituto de Educación Secundaria IES Prado Mayor in Totana, Murcia, Spain under the advisorship of Mrs. Aranzazu Mouriño Loretto. Students from Spain explained if they were for or against technology, plastic use, or mainstream media, under very catchy topic titles: “Where is My Charger,” “No Straw, Please,” and “Too Mainstream.” Just like any other countries, Spain and U.S.A. do not only benefit but also suffer from the effects of technology, plastic use, and media. Some of the societal realities Spanish students discussed were cyberbullying, fraud, plastic pollution, marine hazard, harassment, fake news, and many others. Common advice Spanish students gave was to use technology, plastic, and media wisely and in moderation. Alternative Education students revised the essays using ARMS strategy. The activity was a good revising and editing practice for the Alternative Education students in preparation for their statewide testing in English.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

American, Asian students debate on Holocaust

Students from the Alternative Education Center, Odessa, TX and the Philippine Science High School - Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus, Philippines debated on whether the Holocaust was a good or bad thing. As part of their English lesson on connecting genres, Alternative Education students read a novel, A Child Called "It," and an online article about the Holocaust children and analyzed and compared the two texts using a Venn diagram. On the other hand, Philippine Science students studied Holocaust in their Social Science class by watching videos from the United State Holocaust Museum and researching online. As their enrichment activity, both student groups participated in an online debate on whether the Holocaust was a good or bad historical event. Students showed diverse opinions about the Holocaust and firmly argued their points even with limited knowledge about the topic. The activity opened doors for both student groups to understand better how the U.S. and the Philippines helped in saving some victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Philippine Science High School - Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus is the newest campus of the Philippine Science High School System under the country's Department of Science and Technology. The school admits and trains selected and highly-potential high school students who choose to pursue science-related careers. The student group participating in the online Holocaust debate is mentored by Mr. Araibo Elumba, a Social Science teacher and a former recipient of Fulbright's International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) housed at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

 Holocaust Debate

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.