The ExCELL showed significant results for all students in participating classrooms, not just ELLsCan be used with all mainstream and bilingual teachers in grades 6-12Helps ELLs learn and use content-specific vocabulary and technical terms

Writing Increases and Consolidates Vocabulary, Reading, and Content Learning

7 Writing increases and consolidates vocabulary, reading, and content learning

Reading and writing are now essential skills in most white- and blue-collar jobs. Ensuring that adolescents become skilled readers and writers is not merely an option for America, it is an absolute necessity.

—Graham and Hebert (2010, p. 3)

Graham and Hebert (2010) go on to list many causes for their concerns about the lack of writing proficiency for most students. Here are only three of their main concerns:

  • Forty percent of high school graduates lack the literacy skills employers seek.
  • Lack of basic skills cost universities and businesses as much as $16 billion annually.
  • Only 1 out of 4 twelfth-grade students is a proficient writer.

Secondary teachers are concerned about ...

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