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 6: Technological Literacy
Technological Literacy Defined
We define technological literacy as using reading, writing, speaking, and listening in multimedia venues to create products and to demonstrate learning. Accessing, using, and creating technology-based tools and strategies promote multidimensional thinking and allow for various products across all the content areas and literacies.
The critical factors in technological literacy include the following:
- Questioning authenticity. Applying criteria to establish credibility of the author and the website; and detecting assumptions, purpose, and clarity
- Searching for information. Using the structure of the web-based information to find what you need, to demonstrate dimensional or embedded thinking, and to solve problems [Page 140]
- Media orientation. Determining the best method for the product you must produce or meaning you must convey
- Production. Using computer-based and other multimedia production to demonstrate literacy ...