Sandra S. Nahmias

Ms. Nahmias and Ms. Jimenez implement a storytelling unit using visual clues to improve the language acquisition of their third grade English language learners who are new to the United States. Working with a professional storyteller, students learn about the Native American Trail of Tears and visual symbols connected with story-telling traditions. Students also study the connection between quilting and the Underground Railroad, African American folktales and songs, and the history of European migration at the turn of the century. Applying their new knowledge, students research their own families’ journey to the United States through interviews and photographs and learn to retell stories from their native country.