David Bunk

Mt. Hood Community College

Winter Term 2007


The Class: 


ESL85F High Intermediate Integrated Skills: Language and Civics

 meets 6 hours/week. 


CA ObjectiveS


CA Objective – 8 / Identify a local community need or civic oriented complaint; research and address the issue.


1. Research and discuss issues that most affect your community.

3. Research departments of city government and the services they provide.

5. Design a petition that could be submitted to the City Council to recognize needs.

7. Report, orally or in writing, contacts with appropriate individuals or organizations

regarding community problems or needs and action taken.

8. Read simple picture stories about community problems.

9. Identify vocabulary for problems in the local community (use photographs or pictures). 10. Make a simple map of neighborhood showing areas of community problems (e.g.,

unattended areas) and assets (e.g., good parks).

11. Using photographs or pictures create a Language Experience story (whole class activity)

about a community problem and do follow-up reading activities to go with the story.

13. Call community or government agencies to ask questions, report a problem, lodge a complaint, etc.


CA Objective 13 / Interact with educational institutions including schools for children and schools or agencies with programs for adult learners. 


1. Using a map, find essential physical locations on a school campus, at a district office, etc.

2. Interact orally with school personnel (such as a child’s teacher, one's own teacher, or a school counselor) in a conference, at an open house, on the

telephone, etc.

10. Fill out a school registration form for oneself or a child including items such as name, address, immunizations, and past educational experience.


CA Objective 14 / Identify educational opportunities and research education/training

required to achieve a personal goal.


2. Research educational opportunities and resources such as “Tomorrow’s Jobs” at U.S. Department of Labor Web site.  

4. Research education/training providers available in the local community, such as local adult schools, community colleges, and Regional Occupational Programs (ROPs). Present findings of special interest to class.

5. Read, analyze, and complete school admission applications. 

6. Identify a personal goal and determine appropriate steps to achieve it.


CA Objective 23 / Access appropriate websites, yellow pages, and the library to obtain relevant and/or pertinent community service information.


1. Read and interpret web pages to obtain community service information.

2. Enter information on-line to obtain community service information.

3. Access and use the Internet to obtain community service information.

4. Locate specific community services and read ads in the yellow pages.


CA Objective 38 /  Identify the basic organization of state and local/county



1. Identify the structure of the local/county government and develop a flow chart.

2. Identify local/county government officials.

4. Arrange for a guest speaker.



CASAS Competencies:


0.2.1 Respond appropriately to common personal information questions
0.2.2 Complete a personal information form
0.2.3 Interpret or write a personal note, invitation, or letter
0.2.4 Converse about daily and leisure activities and personal interests

1.6.2 Identify consumer protection resources available when confronted with fraudulent practices
1.6.3 Identify procedures the consumer can follow if merchandise or service is unsatisfactory


1.8.1 Demonstrate the use of savings and checking accounts, including using an ATM
1.8.2 Interpret the procedures and forms associated with banking services, including writing checks
1.8.3 Interpret interest or interest-earning savings plans
1.8.4 Interpret information about the types of loans available through lending institutions
1.8.5 Interpret information on financial agencies and financial planning

2.5.5 Locate and use educational services in the community, including interpreting and writing school-related communications

5.1.5 Interpret information about special interest groups

5.5.2 Interpret information about legislative activities
5.5.3 Interpret information about judicial activities
5.5.4 Interpret information about executive activities
5.5.5 Interpret information about military activities
5.5.6 Interpret information about law enforce­ment activities
5.5.7 Interpret information about local policy- making groups
5.5.8 Identify local, state and federal government leaders


GUEST SPEAKER/Classroom/Computer Lab Activites :

Many of the listed objectives were achieved by using the On Common Ground Work text A (OCG) and videos.  We completed the first three sections of OCG, which was supplemented by workbooks created by Susan Gelder and Melanie Holland.  The first three themes covered government, the U.S. Constitution, and individual rights versus public and common good. For the latter unit we invited a guest speaker from a nearby neighborhood association who brought in a map where students located their own neighborhood association. Lots of other material in the way of handouts and fliers that informed students of the many resources available to them through neighborhood associations. The were amazed and surprised to discover that they all were members of an association. Like the problem dividing a community in the OCG unit “For the Greater Good” we looked at an actual problem facing the nearby Madison Heights neighborhood where a large parcel of land is being considered by a developer that works closely with big box stores.  In the computer lab component of the class we completed worksheets that explored the MHCC home webpage and its programs, as well as worksheets on neighborhood associations and local government. 



WEB Resources Used:



Supplementary Materials Used:


I developed worksheets to explore internet sites, brought in local newspaper articles that outlined city hall, along  with accompanying worksheets I developed, and used workbooks developed by Gelder & Holland.