• ELL English: Grades 9-12ELL Graphic 3
    Key West High School 2019-2020
    Instructor: Ms. Gonzalez-Blanco

     

    The ELL English classes at the Key West High School are made up of students from all over the world, but mainly from the Carribean, Central America & South America.  Most students speak Spanish and Creole, but some students speak Uzbek, Russian & French.  This class provides support to students while they are acquiring the basic and academic English needed to successfully graduate high school and to be productive citizens.  Our ELL students make up about 10% of our overall student population.  We are very proud of how these student overcome language barriers and become part of our Conch family.  

     

    Course Descriptions

    ELL ENGLISH I-IV
    These classes offer English Language Learners a series of courses to help increase English language proficiency. The goal is to work toward meeting state learning standards while providing support to achieve social and academic language proficiency. Students are referred to and placed in this program based upon the district Home Language Survey, classroom performance, and/or assessment by the ELL Contact.

    1. Beginner/Tier A: In this course students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will develop grammar, punctuation and spelling skills in order to write proper sentences, while developing social and academic vocabulary to support basic reading skills. Pre-requisite: LAS Links Language Test and/or ACCESS Language Test

    2. Intermediate/Tier B: In this course, students with some English fluency will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for the academic setting. Students will increase academic vocabulary fluency and reading comprehension skills as needed for state testing situations. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling to write proper sentence and structured paragraphs. Pre-requisite: LAS Links Language Test and/or ACCESS Language Test.

    3. Advanced/Tier C: In this course, students with advanced English fluency will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for the academic setting. Students will increase academic vocabulary fluency and reading comprehension skills. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling to write structured paragraphs within multi-paragraph essays. Pre-requisite: LAS Links Language Test and/or ACCESS Language Test


  • ELL Graphic

    The poem below was written together in ELL English, period 1, as a culminating activity after reading Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare.


    About Love

    Hearing your voice and seeing your smile,

    You stole my heart, and I went wild.

    You brought me sunshine when I only saw rain.

    You brought me laughter when I only felt pain.

     

    The love I have for you,

    You can’t understand how crazy

    I’m like a bee,

    And you are my daisy.

     

    I keep flowers in my pocket,

    And a picture in a locket,

    With the ribbons in your hair,

    That you always like to wear.

     

    When you look at me,

    My heart skips a beat,

    I become speechless,

    When our eyes meet.

     

    Some days you’re my poetry,

    And some days Im the poet,

    Beauty sometimes dies

    But love never shows it.

     

    Falling in love was so easy to do,

    I fell for you right out of the blue.

    We all have love in our lives,

    Expressing it makes us shy.

    Yet love is strong and never dies.

  • ELL Graphic 2
    The poem below was written by one of my ELL English students.  When you get to the bottom, you then read it in reverse.  The first read is negative but the reverse read is positive. Enjoy!


    The Reversal Poem

    I am a weak nobody

    And I refuse to believe that

    I will live to see tomorrow

    I realize this may be a shock, but

    In time things get better

    Is a lie

    Im fine

    In 30 years, I will tell my children that

    I have my priorities straight

    Suffocating

    Breathing

    I tell you this:

    Once upon a time

    The world was peaceful

    But this will not be true in my era

    We feed off war and hate

    Experts tell me

    My thoughts mean nothing

    I do not conclude that

    It’s okay to express emotions

    In the future,

    Humanity will cease to exist

    No longer can it be said that

    We have hope

    It will be evident that

    There will be nothing left

    It is foolish to presume that

    We will leave a mark in the Earth

    (Now, read this poem in reverse, left to right, and line by line)