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.

Innovative Literacy

Innovative literacy

Innovative Literacy Defined

We define innovative literacy as reading, writing, speaking, and listening to do a complex task, solve a complex problem, invent a unique product or process, or create something new or influential. Innovative literacy helps learners develop adaptability and a practical orientation to their work and their lives both inside and outside the classroom and school setting. This is the kind of literacy that will help them go beyond survival. This is the key to their thriving amid the rapid change and expansion of knowledge in the twenty-first century.

The critical factors in innovative literacy include the following:

  • Innovation and creativity. An entrepreneurial sense of thinking and acting; fluidity and flexibility in the use of information; the transformation of knowledge into new things, ...
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