ESL for Academic Purposes
This unit covers the migration of the monarch butterflies from Michoacan, Mexico, to the Northern parts of America. This Monarch Butterfly unit is geared toward WIDA level 3: developing or CEFR B2 English language learners in middle school or high school. The primary focus of this unit is reading and writing; however, the last day has a speaking activity. The scaffolding for reading included in this unit are pre-readings, during-reading activities, and vocabulary acquisition worksheets. The unit’s content goes over an introductory section, followed by an article, finally wrapping up with a cause and effect activity and tips students can do to help the Monarch butterfly migration. This unit plan is a great way to introduce the effects of climate change and how it’s affecting animals and insects.
Ferrell, Bermudez J., "Monarch Butterfly." (2021). ESL for Academic Purposes. 16.
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