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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.

Managing Instruction in the Differentiated Literacy Classroom
Managing instruction in the differentiated literacy classroom

What future do you envision for your students? Does that future include meaningful work and rewarding relationships? Do you worry about a future that includes dead ends and unhappy interactions? Teachers can offer students three essential gifts that last a lifetime:

  • The first gift is that of personal regard, with respect shown in all interactions with students. The single most influential action a teacher can take is to form a mutually meaningful relationship with a student.
  • The second most important gift is that of thinking. This includes providing challenging and varied work that engages the student and requires increasing levels of critical thought.
  • Finally, the third gift for students is literacy. Literacy ...
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