CELEBRATE DIVERSITY AND ENCOURAGE SELF EXPRESSION IN THE CLASSROOM.
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Arts-based projects are a great option to support and encourage English-language learners (ELLs). Arts tools offer a variety of media for creative expression -- from comic strips to radio production to virtual art collections -- that can help ELLs feel more comfortable practicing their English and communication skills while embracing their own cultural backgrounds.
These free websites are accessible options to try in any classroom. And check out our Digital Storytelling for ELLs page for even more great recommendations, tips, and advice for empowering all types of learners.
MAKE BELIEFS COMIX
This unique comic construction tool stresses positivity, awareness, and self-acceptance. The site also offers lesson plans specifically for ELLs. Students begin by choosing a character and emotion from the site's library; then they can add captions with dialogue, tinted backgrounds, and objects. Thought-provoking exercises and activities help kids identify feelings and stress both empathy and self-assessment.