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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 ...

Academic Oral Language Development as a Scaffold for Writing in the Common Core
Academic Oral Language Development as a Scaffold for Writing in the Common Core

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) movement requires teachers to shift their instructional practices in several significant ways, which in turn necessitates practice and intentionality. Some of these key shifts include embedding language development across the curriculum; an increase in oral language and multiple opportunities for speaking and listening; and an emphasis on collaboration, inquiry, and teamwork. These three shifts are described in the section that follows.

Embedding Language Development Across the Curriculum

In our old paradigm of teaching language, we believed that we needed to teach the English Language Learner (ELL) to learn English first, before they were ready for ...

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