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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.

Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.

Columbia, South Carolina


International Literacy Association



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In this lesson, designed for a heterogeneous group of students that includes English-language learners, students work together to plan a website based on their home knowledge. An introductory lesson outlines the structure and components of simple websites (home page, titles, headings, links). Students take home and complete a bilingual student and family interest survey, then work in groups of four or five to identify common themes among the responses. Each group makes a flow chart to think graphically about the contents of their planned website. Each student keeps a project notebook to record new ideas, summarize group work, and share the project with family members. The teacher can make the planned websites a reality using one of the online website-building platforms in the Resources list.

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Flow Chart Template: Use this flow chart to help students visualize their website.

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Spence, L.K. (2009). Developing multiple literacies in a website project. The Reading Teacher, 62(7), 592597.

  • Technology can help students expand their repertoire of literacy practices by linking home and cultural knowledge.


Gonzalez, N., Moll, L.C., Floyd-Tenery, M., Rivera, A., Rendon, P., Gonzales, R., & Amanti, C. (1994). Funds of knowledge: Learning from language minority households. Washington D.C.: Center for Applied Linguistics. Available online: http://www.cal.org/resources/Digest/ncrcds01.html

  • Teachers can draw upon students' home knowledge, culture, and language practices for classroom instruction.

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