By now it’s a given: if we’re to help our ELLs and SELs access the rigorous demands of today’s content standards, we must cultivate the “code” that drives school success: academic language. Look no further for assistance than this much-anticipated series from Ivannia Soto, in which she invites field authorities Jeff Zwiers, David and Yvonne Freeman, Margarita Calderon, and Noma LeMoine to share every teacher’s need-to-know strategies on the four essential components of academic language. The subject of this volume is culture. Here, Noma LeMoine makes clear once and for all how culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy validates, facilitates, liberates, and empowers ethnically diverse students. With this volume as your roadmap, you’ll learn how to:  • Implement instructional strategies designed to meet the linguistic and cultural needs of ELLs and SELs  • Use language variation as an asset in the classroom  • Recognize and honor prior knowledge, home languages, and cultures The culture and language every student brings to the classroom have vast implications for how to best structure the learning environment. This guidebook will help you get started as early as tomorrow. Better yet, read all four volumes in the series as an all-in-one instructional plan for closing the achievement gap.

Fostering Literacy With CLRP

Fostering Literacy With CLRP

Literacy is an extension of natural language learning, and when students are not part of the mainstream culture, speak a different language, or bring literacy experiences to the classroom that do not match school literacy experiences, instruction will need to be modified to assure that learning occurs. The literacy acquisition classroom for ELs and SELs must be a holistic natural language environment filled with authentic language experiences and literacy activities that include being read to, collaborative listening, exposure to books that relate to their experiences, and free voluntary reading and where students can begin to see themselves as readers and writers.

Our preferred definition of literacy interprets it as a social practice, as an act people perform with ...

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