Formatting information about U.S. States.

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  1. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan New Member

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    Feb 3, 2018

    Hello
    I teach about the states America.
    I start my class off with a brief history lesson. Quick bullet points.

    Then I reword an article, so my students can better comprehend it.
    They are middle school students but they have an English level of around a 3rd grader.

    So this

    -> then becomes this


    I am want to explain how these states are today for anyone that has never been to them before. Hopefully in a way that follows the format I shared.

    Something I have floating around are

    Today New York is home to some of the…
    It is famous for....

    I need ideas! Thanks to anyone that helps!
     
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  3. viola_x_wittrockiana

    viola_x_wittrockiana Companion

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    Feb 3, 2018

    Before you worry too much about format, you need to check your facts. The Dutch people are not from Sweden; they are from the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the capitol city of the Netherlands, so it makes sense that they would call their city New Amsterdam. It's also somewhat disrespectful to refer to specific Native tribes as Native Americans. Doing that would be like teaching Korean history and calling the people Asians. It's not factually incorrect, but it is imprecise. Your last sentence makes better sense as, "George Washington was sworn in as president for the first time in New York." (Washington's second inauguration was in Pennsylvania.)

    For format, I suggest adding the origin of the state's name and major landmarks/monuments. For example, the American side of Niagara Falls is in New York.
     
  4. MysteryMan

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    Okay. Just to let you know, that was a rough copy, and I have yet to finalize it...
    I welcome more ideas!
     
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    Feb 16, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    bump
     
  6. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Feb 18, 2018 at 6:21 AM

    Google 'United States information for third graders'
     

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