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Publication Title

ESL for Academic Purposes

Document Type

Learning Object

Publication Date

Summer 5-13-2021


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.