English as a New Language

In the Basic Strategies Development class, students are working early in the process of acquiring

The WIDA Can-Do standards can be found at wida.gov.

English. By the WIDA Can-do standards, they are “entering” at level one and “emerging” at level two. In this class we focus on language development in the context of everyday situations with readings from a variety of sources. We also utilize instructional software titles that aid in language acquisition.  Those titles include My Virtual Reading Coach by Mindplay, ESL Reading Smart, and new to 2017-2018, ReadTheory.org.  Each of these applications uses student data and metrics to tailor ENL instruction to the individual student.

The International Seminar class includes students who are “developing” and “expanding” their skills in English. This class works on PBLs (Project-Based Learning Projects) in the PNN News Room and Studio to produce a segment for the

World Seminar students shoot a segment called the World Report in the PNN Studio.

World Seminar students shoot a segment called the World Report in the PNN Studio.

PNN News Show called The World Report.  Using the PNN model RUNDOWN and SCRIPT, we write and produce stories about what is happening outside the US borders, beyond Bittersweet in other words.  This class values the many cultures that come together in the PNN newsroom, and it embraces the experiences these writers have had before they arrived in Mishawaka, Indiana.  By counting these experiences and understandings as valued assets, students are able to publish

writing with an authoritative voice.

Course Feeds

  • Announcement: Agenda for 5 December, 2017
    1.  Hmmm...maybe we should have written those letters; here is why.  What now? (let's discuss.) 2. ReadTheory update: YOU ARE ONLY 30 POINTS AWAY! 3. Last year's presentation interviews continue in the PNN Studio.  
  • Announcement: Agenda for 1 December, 2017
    Welcome to December!  It is the last month of the year...woo hoo! 1. Today we are going to write a new letter.  Please begin here. I provide you with a couple of news articles to help inform you of what is going on, but we are going to want to talk about it as well.  So, for the first third of class we will be reading, discussing, and note-taking.  When we finish that, we will be writing. 2. After you have submitted the first draft of your letter, please tune in to readtheory.org. Have a nice weekend!  KM
  • Announcement: Agenda for 28 November, 2017
    Congratulations!  You are 2 points closer today! 2. We will continue our interviews in PNN with Cynthia & EJ 3. "Nobody leaves the kitchen until everybody leaves the kitchen."
  • Announcement: Agenda for 15 November, 2017
    Will there be a party on Thursday, December 21st.?  It is my 50th birthday.  I would like a party.  Can we do it? You are currently at 451 (last number on the right). Our goal is to make 500.  You have only a month to do it.  How can you do it? What strategies can help you do better on the quizzes? How can we all raise our scores on ReadTheory.org so that I can bring in my seven layer dip once again? 2. "Driving Ban Lifted..." story from listenwise (listening & discussion)
  • Announcement: Agenda for 13 November, 2017
    Good morning, and welcome back to room the PNN News Room! 1. What is ReadTheory telling us about ourselves? What do those graphs mean?  Well, let's see. Have a conference with me at my desk, and then respond to this prompt. 2. Saving the World.  How is your note-taking going? 3. If you were in my class last year, and you completed a Saving the World presentation, please go find it in Drive and share it again here. 4. Let's continue reading the latest issue of UpfrontMagazine.com.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 7 November, 2017
    Good morning, and welcome back!  Let's get to work right away today because we have a lot to accomplish in 88 minutes. 1. ReadTheory.org: you are making progress.  Keep up the good work. 2. Oceans of Plastic-here is my Saving the World Issue. It is the folder where I stored all of my research into the problem of plastics in our oceans. Check out all of the work I put into it, but begin at my research notes.   3. HOMEWORK:  find the problem you wish to address. Build a folder in Google Drive where you will store everything you find. Share it with me to turn in this assignment. Write your notes here.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 3 November, 2017
    Good morning, all. Let's work independently on making the grade today. 1. If you did not participate in this discussion, please read this article and do so. 2. Please turn in all of your Mindplay and ReadTheory quizzes today. 3. If you did not pass this quiz, please take it a second time. You may use the article to get it right. 4. Please complete both Great Pumpkin assignments.  Begin with this one.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 1 November, 2017
    Welcome back, everybody! 1. Let's reconnect! 2. Let's take a look at your progress: a. Mindplay b. ReadTheory 3. Problems that need fixing of the world
  • Announcement: Agenda for 26 October, 2017
    Wow, you moved your Lexile level up SIX points!  That is the biggest jump yet! That is awesome progress! I am very proud.  Since we met on Tuesday, you took more than fifty quizzes! Here, take a look: Good work, kiddos! Keep up the good work! Please work on ReadTheory.org for a half an hour today. 2. How ya doing with Mindplay? I think a few of your have some work to do here. Here is a look at your numbers for this week: Please spend a little time getting caught up for this week on Mindplay. Please dedicate a half an hour to it as well. 3. Please finish The Great Pumpkin, Scene 2 or 3 and turn it in today. 4. If there is time at the end of class, the latest edition of Upfront Magazine is out. Check it out! Please read Wheels of Progress first. You can then take this quiz.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 24 October, 2017
    Howdy!  I hope you have had a restful weekend.  Welcome back. 1. ReadTheory Update: your numbers continue to improve.  You LL is up 2 points since last week.  Take a look- 2. Mindplay: are you going to make 2 hours this week? 3. How is the Great Pumpkin Storyboard going? Are you able to write dialogue with the guide? Is it fun? 4. Gabby, our Kingsman tutor will be here; please schedule a time on the calendar. 5. The latest from Big Nate:
  • Announcement: Agenda for 20 October, 2017
    Good morning!  I am glad to be returning today.  I will tell you all about the conference, and then we will touch on the following: 1. ReadTheory Update: your numbers are strengthening- 2. Mindplay: are you going to make 2 hours this week? 3. How is the Great Pumpkin Storyboard going? Are you able to write dialogue with the guide? 4. How are things going with Gabby, our Kingsman tutor?
  • Announcement: Agenda for 18 October, 2017
    Good morning, all, and happy Wednesday!  You are halfway through the week. Here are a couple things I would like you to accomplish today.   1. ReadTheory.org:  you are doing a fine job in this program!  As a class, you have now taken 393 quizzes, you added over 300 knowledge points yesterday to get to 7,783 knowledge points, and your Lexile average ticked up to 455.  Nice work!  Most of you are working very hard, and you are still beating the other class in quizzes and knowledge points. As you now know, beginning with ReadTheory Quiz #6, there are some new requirements.  My birthday party is a goal for December, and working on it each day will get us there. So please begin class today with 30 minutes of work on ReadTheory.org. 2. The Great Pumpkin Storyboard- you are doing a fine job with it. A couple more came in Tuesday. As I told you then, please be sure you are using Google Drive and the SHARE link to turn it in.  Please remember to make me an editor. That will allow me to give you feedback like this: Please work with your partner to make necessary changes and resubmit it. 3. Now, on your own, with no partner, all by yourself, going solo, please complete the Second Great Pumpkin Assignment. 4. Mindplay. For the remainder of the class, please commit to getting your two hours of Mindplay (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. done.  5. Kingsman Tutor- I understand Gabby had a quiz she had to to take on Tuesday, so there may be a few of you who need to see her.  Please meet with her if you can, in an order that you work together to determine (which is fair). If you were scheduled to meet with her last Thursday or this past Tuesday, you should have priority.  Check the calendar on my desk. You may also sign up to meet with her later in the week. Have a nice day.  I will write to you again on Wednesday. Best, Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 16 October, 2017
    Good morning, all, and welcome back!  I hope you had a nice weekend. I imagine the weather helped you catch up on your sleep! 🙂  Before we begin, can two of you please share this agenda with Shania & Mrs. Nay (our Sub.)? Here are a couple things I would like you to accomplish today.   1. ReadTheory.org:  you are doing a fine job in this program!  As a class, you have taken 375 quizzes, you have built 7,415 knowledge points, and your program average Lexile level is 454.  You should be proud of those numbers.  Most of you are working very hard, and you are beating the other class in quizzes and knowledge points. Beginning with ReadTheory Quiz #6, there are some new requirements.  We have a goal to reach in December, and this is how we are going to do it.  Please begin today! 2. The Great Pumpkin Storyboard- you are doing a fine job with it, but I cannot give you feedback on your writing unless they are turned in using Google Drive and the SHARE link.  Please remember to make me an editor. That will allow me to give you feedback like this: Please work with your partner to make necessary changes and resubmit it. 3. Mindplay. For the remainder of the class, please commit to getting your two hours of Mindplay done.  4. Kingsman Tutor- I believe Gabby will be in today, so please meet with her if you were scheduled to meet with her last Thursday or today.  Check the calendar on my desk. You may also sign up to meet with her later in the week. Have a nice day.  I will write to you again on Wednesday. Best, Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 12 October, 2017
    Good morning, everybody!  Welcome back. 1. How was the PSAT?  Let's hear from our sophomores and juniors.) 2. Your Big Nate Update! 3. Let's revisit The Great Pumpkin Storyboard assignment 4. ReadTheory.org Quiz #9 (Your quiz tally should be in the twenties.) 5. Scenes 2&3 of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" 6. What are your current Mindplay minutes?
  • Announcement: PSAT Schedule for tomorrow
    Modified Day Schedule for PSAT Penn High School will have a modified schedule on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, for the administration of the PSAT. All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT.  Juniors who attend programs such as the EACC, Building Trades, Cadet Teaching, and etc. should report for testing. Seniors who attend these same programs should report to them at their regular time. All other seniors should report as directed to the school cafeteria for the ASVAB then Study Hall. Freshmen should report to school and attend activities planned for their respective Freshmen House.   First Bell                   8:05 Warning Bell            8:20 Testing                 8:25-12:30                Passing                     12:30-12:36 A LUNCH SCHEDULE Lunch           12:36-1:06 (30) Block 3                               1:11-2:16      (65) Passing                     2:16-2:22      (06) B LUNCH SCHEDULE Block 3                               12:36-1:11    (35) Lunch           1:11-1:41      (30) Block 3                               1:46- 2:16     (30) Passing                     2:16-2:22      (06) C LUNCH SCHEDULE Block 3                               12:36-1:46    (70) Lunch           1:46-2:16      (30) Passing                     2:16-2:22      (06) Block 4                               2:22-3:17      (55) Dismissal                  3:17
  • Announcement: Agenda for 5 June, 2017
    Good morning, kiddos.  Let's take care of two things: 1. Mindplay.  This is the last week to get all of your hours complete. 2. Venezuela in Crisis. Let's read about Antonio's homeland and get background info from him. Then, let's take a quiz on our newly acquired information.  Please take notes in your journal.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 30 May, 2017
    Good morning, and welcome back.  I am at work at Schmucker Middle School today, so I will not be joining you. Please run class as we normally do according to Mr. Laidig's directions. 1. In-class discussion about your weekend; 2. When you are done chatting, please write your same stories this discussion.  Be sure to respond to two other people. 3. ESLReadingSmart.com:  please read "Shoes for the Rest of My Life" and do the corresponding activities. We will prepare a game for Thursday's class. 4. Mindplay. Please complete 30 minutes of Mindplay exercises.
  • Announcement: The Necklace
    Please read The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant for homework.
  • Announcement: The Last Leaf Summary
    Please complete this writing assignment about O. Henry's The Last Leaf.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 17 May, 2017
    1. Let's plan tonight; please see my note. 2. Let's take care of Mindplay; 3. Let's read this story together. 4. Shania and I are working on a Kahoot for this story!
  • Announcement: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!
    B2 only!  We are gonna have a little party tomorrow morning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Here is what we are bringing: McNulty-7 layer dip and chips Tania- horchata and rice and maybe some candy Deyni-enchiladas Shehed-an Arabic dish Dr. Starkweather-Chips and Salsa (with anchovies on the side) Lovepreet-cookies What can you bring?  Please REPLY to this note and tell us what you can bring. Thanks, Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Come out and support Los McSinghs tonight!
    Good work in class today, kiddos! You did a great job getting our recordings done.  I am very pleased. Tonight, our ENL Dodgeball team, Los McSinghs, will be playing at 7:30PM.  If you can come out and support the team, that would be great!  Who knows, maybe you can play too.  If you are thinking of playing, wear a GREY shirt. That is what we are wearing.   Have a good night,  Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Your Homework tonight
    Hi, folks! Please complete this assignment in time for tomorrow's class. Thank you, Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Cultural Festival Questionnaire
    Hi there! I am hoping you can fill out this survey so that we can plan your Cultural Festival for next Friday night.  Next week we will work on the videos we will be recording. Thank you, and have a nice weekend! Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 7 March, 2017
    Good morning, folks. I hope you are all well. I am in Indianapolis this morning, but I will be back on Thursday. 1. Let's begin with meeting two new students, Emmanuel & Margaret. They are from Nigeria.  Please introduce yourself to them and make them feel welcome. Harpreet, if you don't mind, show them how to navigate their Chromebooks after you all get to know each other. 2. With Mr. Laidig directing the class, you might begin with a conversation about how your weekend went. Also, how did ISTEP go?  When you are done talking about your weekend, please tell me about it here. 3. Remember that story we read about the Pledge of Allegiance? I would like you to take a quiz on it here. You can use the magazine to help you complete the quiz. 4. When you complete the quiz, please return to your Saving the World research project. Write me a quick update on your project here. You should still be taking notes on your research. You can also start preparing your slide show today. 5. Finally, please finish the class with some work on Mindplay. Have a nice Tuesday. I will see you tomorrow. -Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 1 march, 2017
    1. Please complete this writing. 2. Take a look at my note-taking; you are doing the same. 3. Find stories at Upfrontmagazine.com
  • Announcement: Agenda for 23 February, 2017
    Fixing problems and saving the world begins today in this module.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 9 February, 2017
    Good morning! Here are a few items for today: 1. Welcome, Thanh Ho!  We are happy you are here! 2. We are planning a party for G4, 2/14/17.  Can you attend? Let me know. 3. We will take a new look at Mindplay. Please complete 20 minutes today. 4. Should Penn have a Dress Code? Let's find out here. Please read aloud with Mr. Laidig (you can use the magazines in the classroom if you want).  Then, let me know what you decide here. 5. After you finish that writing, please spend the remainder of the class on ESLReadingsmart.com.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 26 January, 217
    Good morning to you all! 1. Let's start today with a little bit of writing.  Please answer honestly and with details. 2. After the written discussion, please work on Mindplay (Links to an external site.). By tomorrow night, at midnight, you should have your 2 hours in. Please work on it for 30 minutes today. 3. Finally, finish the class by working in eslreadingsmart.com (Links to an external site.). Log in, navigate to your path, and continue your work. When you have THREE lessons complete, please take a screenshot and post it to this assignment. (Remember, you are looking for a story you would like to cover as a class.  You can go back to the discussion and post your suggestions.) Good luck! Have a nice weekend. I will see you on Monday. 🙂 -Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 24 January, 2017
    Good morning, all. I hope you are doing well today. Here are a few things I would like you to accomplish.  1. Mr. Laidig and the Substitute will work together in class today. Please begin with a discussion about your weekend. Mr. Laidig will lead it. 2. After the discussion, please work with Mindplay. By Friday, at midnight, I am going to ask you to have 2 hours of Mindplay work in. Please work on it for 30 minutes today. 3. Finally, finish the class by working in eslreadingsmart.com. Log in, navigate to your path, and continue your work. When you have THREE lessons complete, please take a screenshot and post it to this assignment. (Shania & Tony, you have posted your certificates, but I am more interested in seeing your completed lessons.) Good luck! Have a nice day today. I will write to you again for Thursday's class. Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 2 June, 2017
    1. Reading Venezuela in Crisis. 2. Taking this quiz.
  • Announcement: Cultural Festival Media
    You will find our images and film here. Please add your photos and movies here. Use these images in the thank-you letter we are asking you to write. Good luck! Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Come out and support Los McSinghs tonight!
    Tonight, our ENL Dodgeball team, Los McSinghs, will be playing at 7:30PM.  If you can come out and support the team, that would be great!  Who knows, maybe you can play too.  If you are thinking of playing, wear a GREY shirt. That is what we are wearing.   If you cannot make it, then please finish your Cultural Festival writing. We will be recording that first thing tomorrow.  We got many recorded today, and we need to finish them tomorrow. Have a good night. Hope to see you at the PHS main arena. Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Cultural Festival Plan
    Good work today, kiddos!  I think we have some real energy going into next week's cultural festival.  Though we generated many good ideas, we did not get them down.  Please use this form to help Dr. Starkweather and I organize our plan. Next week, we will start putting it all together.  In the meantime, fill out this form. Also, get this presentation done so we can record you in the PNN Studio. Have a nice weekend! Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for 13 April, 2017
    1. Cultural Festival: Julia & Kelly 2. Cultural Festival Folder 3. Your Cultural Festival Video begins with this presentation. Because we represent so many cultures, we will be making a film that represents them all. Use this  
  • Announcement: Agenda April 11, 2017
    Hi Kiddos!!  I hope everyone had a great spring break and welcome back to your favorite class 🙂 1. Catch up and talk about our spring breaks. 2. Review the article and respond to the discussion question. 3. Review the our principles and responsibilities as journalists.  4. Start working on our World News Report.     
  • Announcement: Announcement March 31, 2017
    1. Review the article Walled Off?  from the latest edition of Upfront Magazine (Links to an external site.)  2. Catch up on any World Reports that you still have to finish! Please do not forget World Report #5; of course, if you have not completed #4, better get that done too! 3. For Friday: be sure to review this article on Immigration (Links to an external site.); bring a charged Chromebook; Check out this video discussing the issue of the Wall be ready to write a news report for Mr. McNulty's spring break trip to Arizona; using this template be able to log in at pennnewsnetwork.wordpress.com (Links to an external site.) See ya all on Friday, Mr. McNulty & Mr. Starkweather
  • Announcement: Agenda for 27 March, 2017
    1. The new Upfront Magazine is in! Let's start with the funny pages! 2. Please do not forget World Report #5; of course, if you have not completed #4, better get that done too! 3. For Wednesday: be sure to read this article on Immigration; bring a charged Chromebook; be ready to record one of your World Reports; be able to log in at pennnewsnetwork.wordpress.com See ya all on Wednesday, Mr. McNulty & Mr. Starkweather
  • Announcement: Agenda for 20 March, 2017
    Welcome back! 1. PNN World Report #5 is ready to be written; 2. Crafting the PNN-WR image on the About page; 3. Publishing old stories, building your portfolio; 4. Production: three stories today...if we can.
  • Announcement: Agenda for 6 March, 2017
    Good afternoon, folks.  I hope you had a good weekend. I am in Indianapolis today, but I will be back on Wednesday. Let's tackle a few things before today's final bell rings. (Tram, please share this agenda with the Sub.  Thank you! -Mr. McNulty) 1. Please take this quiz on the Pledge article we read last week.  You can use the online text if you like. 2. Please check your grades. Look at scores for January, February, and March. What is the average? How can you bring them up? Which assignments need your attention? 3. Please finish editing your show in Adobe Premier and turn it in according to the instructions today. 4. HW: Please read "North Korea vs. the World." Be ready to take a quiz on Wednesday. Good luck! Mr. McNulty
  • Announcement: Agenda for Valentine's Day, 2017
    1. World Report Story #4, World Report Show #3 2. Recording PNN World Report Segment  3. THE ALL NEW and REALLY SUPER MINDPLAY! 4. HW: Should Penn have a Dress Code? Let's find out here (Links to an external site.). Please read aloud with Mr. Laidig (you can use the magazines in the classroom if you want).  Then, let me know what you decide here. 5. Spare time? Spend it here: ESLReadingsmart.com (Links to an external site.). 6. 2:45PM- Valentine's Day Partay!
  • Announcement: Agenda for 10 February, 2017
    1. World Report Story #4, World Report Show #3 2. THE ALL NEW and REALLY SUPER MINDPLAY! 3. We are planning a party for G4, 2/14/17.  Can you attend? Let me know (Links to an external site.). 4. Recording PNN World Report Segment 4. 5. Should Penn have a Dress Code? Let's find out here (Links to an external site.). Please read aloud with Mr. Laidig (you can use the magazines in the classroom if you want).  Then, let me know what you decide here. 5. After you finish that writing, please spend the remainder of the class on ESLReadingsmart.com (Links to an external site.).
  • Announcement: Agenda for 8 February, 2017
    1. ESLReadingsmart.com (15 min) 2. Mindplay (15 min) 3. Reading Upfront Magazine, current issue 4. Cellphone Break 5. World Report Story #4, World Report Show #3 6. THE ALL NEW and REALLY SUPER MINDPLAY! 7. Party Planning 8. EJ's Video 9. Teacher leads us in song!
  • Announcement: Agenda for 6 February, 2017
    1. Journey84 Film 2. Please complete film discussion. 3. ESLReadingsmart.com 4. Cellphone breaks
  • Announcement: Agenda for 2 February, 2017
    1. Recording Segment 5 (Group 1) 2. Writing Segment 6 (Group 3) 3. Shooting Segment 5 (Group 2) 4. Training (Group 4) 5. Recording Segment 6 (Group 3) 6. Shooting Segment 6 (Group 2) 7. Writing Segment 7 (Group 4) 8. Training (Group 1)
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