Reading Non-Fiction Text with High School ELLs

In this lesson for high school ELLs, students will discuss the language used in Nelson Mandela's 1964 Court Speech "An Ideal for Which I am Prepared to Die."

Teacher: Kerri Bohringer
Grade: 9-12
School Name: Poughkeepsie High School, Poughkeepsie, NY

Reading non-fiction text with high school ELLs

In this lesson for high school ELLs, students will discuss the language used in Nelson Mandela's 1964 Court Speech "An Ideal for Which I am Prepared to Die."

Standards

Grade 9: Language Arts Standards

Reading Standards for Informational Text 6-12

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper). (RI 9-10.4)

Lesson Summary

In this lesson for high school ELLs, students will discuss the language used in Nelson Mandela's 1964 Court Speech "An Ideal for Which I am Prepared to Die."

Things to watch for:

  • Introducing and reviewing the standard with the class
  • Review of academic vocabulary 
  • Word analysis including use of prefixes and suffixes
  • The use of cognates
  • Comprehension checks of vocabulary through discussion, examples, and student sentences
  • A combination of pair work and whole class discussion