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The Picnic/Prejudice (#111)

Pt. 1- Ramon and Rebecca have a nice chat at a picnic for the after-school program but are interrupted when some racist kids taunt Vincent Wang. Alex tries to defend him, but some of the other children don't take the incident seriously. Vincent's father is so upset he pulls him out of the program.
Grammar review: count nouns; non-count nouns; grammar lessons: sentences with there was/there were.
Pt. 2- Rebecca and the staff explain to the kids why racist names should not be used, and a police officer talks about hate crimes. The children write cards to Vincent to encourage him to come back to the program.
Grammar review: simple past tense, affirmative and negative statements (regular verbs); simple past tense, yes/no questions and short answers (regular verbs); simple past tense, wh - questions and answers (regular verbs). [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer, this English language learner (ELL) series touches on life's important issues: leaving home, parenting, education, work, love, success, and loss. All of the characters use meaningful, natural language that students can put to work immediately in their own lives. Each episode features dialogue that is slightly slowed down and subtly simplified. Key lines are repeated, idioms paraphrased, and important events retold. There are constant visual clues to meaning, such as written signs, notes, and documents. Closed captioning may be used as a teaching and literacy resource.

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