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 develop oral language skills before meeting the Common Core’s writing requirements. This book provides the tools to make this happen.



The heart of this book is to make the rigorous expectations of the CCSS reasonable and accessible to teachers in the field. It is important to note that some of the same strategies that teachers are already using, especially strategies for Academic Language Development (ALD), can be leveraged into writing scaffolds with ELLs and all other students with access to the CCSS. All of the strategies suggested in this book are included in the Appendices that follow. I encourage teachers to begin developing their own lessons using the Curriculum Cycle lesson plan organizer, as well as incorporating the ALD strategies into their teaching. The lessons included in this book are intended to be sample lessons that can be modified for different grade levels, and ...

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