Effective ways to help ELLs excel
As you tailor your teaching to engage the increasing number of English language learners, the key to success is focusing on literacy. Adapted from the highly successful Differentiated Literacy Strategies for Student Growth and Achievement in Grades K–6, this book provides a wealth of grade-specific literacy strategies that not only increase student achievement but also increase it rapidly. The authors provide proven practical tools for differentiating instruction to meet language and individual learning styles. Teachers will find an instructional and assessment framework designed to promote these critical competencies:
Functional literacy in phonics, spelling, and reading; Content-area literacy for vocabulary, concept attainment, and comprehension; Technological literacy for information searching, evaluation, and synthesis; Innovative literacy for creativity, growth, and lifelong learning
Included are more than 100 planning models, matrixes, rubrics, and checklists. Teachers with students who have had interrupted formal education or come from newly arrived immigrant populations will find a wealth of proven methods for giving ELLs every opportunity to succeed.
Chapter 1: Accelerating Literacy Learning
Accelerating Literacy Learning
In the Dark Ages, when the authors started teaching, we were not held accountable for much of anything related to student growth and achievement. Dialogue with the principal went something like this:
Your students are sitting in their chairs and raising their hands. It is good that your lesson plans are ready for the substitute. Have you thought about the new deadline for getting your grades to the office?
Then we began to focus on the expectation that teachers would follow a process when instructing. Dialogue with the principal then went something like this:
Your wait time is good and the ideas for initially engaging students at the start of the lesson seem to be working. You may want to write out ...