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Universally Designed for Learning Spanish Curriculum

Learning a new language is not always an easy task. Twenty-first century classrooms are faced with the challenge of meeting the needs of students with a wide range of learning needs and styles. This Spanish curriculum project stresses the importance of having an awareness of student learning needs while planning and preparing curriculum for student educational success of English Language Learners and students with special needs. This Spanish One Unit observes best practices from Understanding by Design, Universal Design for Learning, English Language Development, and Differentiation. The Spanish One Curriculum is designed around a one-month unit with detailed lessons for one week. The overview of the unit includes standards, objectives, enduring understandings, essential questions, student activities, assessments, language development supports, and differentiation strategies. Each lesson includes the Spanish content standard, English Language Development Standard, objective, assessment, language development supports, materials (graphic organizers, conversation prompts, task menu, quiz, and rubrics) and instructional steps.

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