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Mastering spoken language is the key to writing success for English language learners English language learners struggle to meet the increased classroom writing demands of the Common Core State Standards, and many schools seem at a loss for solutions. In these pages, ELL expert Ivannia Soto builds on the groundbreaking research she presented in her previous book ELL Shadowing as a Catalyst for Change to show how oral language development scaffolds writing skills. To implement this knowledge, Soto offers educators a powerful set of tools: • Exciting spoken techniques such as Socratic Seminar, Frayer model and Think-Pair-Share that build vocabulary and extend into academic writing • Approaches to teaching three essential styles of writing: argumentative, procedural, and narrative • Sample lesson plans and graphic organizer templates ELLs must ...


As states across the country begin to contend with how to roll out the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the new benchmark for what students should know and be able to perform at each grade level, they also have to determine how to meet the needs of ELLs within a more rigorously and cognitively demanding set of expectations for all students. Currently, one out of every four students in the United States comes from an immigrant family, where most of the time children speak a language other than English (Ballantyne, Sanderman, & Levy, 2008). Similarly, whereas the general population grew by 7 percent in the decades between 1997 and 1998, and 2008 and 2009, the ELL population grew by 51 percent (Ballantyne et ...

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