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.

Content-Area Literacy

Content-area literacy

Every teacher is responsible for teaching literacy, regardless of official grade or subject assignment. Content areas have specific vocabularies, specific concepts and language, and specific skills that are needed for students to be able to read and interpret information. All teachers need to understand the literacy needs of the students and how to develop literacy skills of all students through content-area instruction; teachers also need to understand specific struggles for English language learners.

Content-Area Literacy Defined

Content-area literacy is defined as reading, writing, speaking, and listening to demonstrate content-area learning. To understand and use content-area knowledge and skills requires a specific literacy skill set that can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. The critical factors in content-area literacy for English language learners ...

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