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Teaching Reading to English Language Learners, Grades 6-12: A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Areasby Margarita Espinosa Calderon
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English Language Learners are no longer confined to just a few states, but can be found in just about every classroom. Without strong reading skills, ELLs cannot develop to their fullest potential and are at greater risk for dropping out of school. Many ELLs don't fully develop their literacy skills in the elementary grades or begin their schooling in middle or high school. And most mainstream teachers may not have the training and preparation to teach language minority students. This resource provides assistance to teachers who struggle with the question of how to appropriately present complex subject matter to students who are just learning to speak English. With funding from the Carnegie Corporation and the US Department of Education, Margarita Calder=n and her associates developed the ExCELL (Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners) model. From this successful program they created the ExC-ELL Observation Protocolùa tool for planning content lessons; coaching for literacy coaches not familiar with ELL instruction; supervision by administrators; teacher self-reflection; peer coaching; and conducting classroom research. This practical guide is full of ready-to-use tools, including:Lesson templatesRubricsSample lesson plans in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studiesDescriptions of successful programsProfessional development designsThis book is designed for middleáand high school teachers of English, science, math, and social studies who teach one or more ELL students. Middle and high school principals, literacy coaches, content curriculum specialists, and central office administrators will find this to be a useful tool in raising the achievement of ELLs.
This book should be in the hands of every middle and high school teacher, serving not just ELL students, but all students who need help increasing their speaking, reading, and writing skills.-Jane Escobedo, Director, English Language Learner ServicesSonoma County Office of Education, CA
For ELL students to succeed academically, effective teaching strategies and best practices must be demonstrated in the classroom. This book provides a detailed map for helping to ensure success for all students.-Daniel S. Hamada, Superintendent, Kauai Complex Area, HI
A powerful array of field-tested literacy tools for closing the achievement gap
No longer confined to just a few states, English Language Learners (ELLs) present a growing challenge for schools and school districts across the country. Teaching Reading to English Language Learners, Grades 6-12 provides a comprehensive and systematic framework for developing literacy skills and accelerating language development. With funding from the Carnegie Corporation and the U.S. Department of Education, author Margarita Calderon has developed a research-based approach to expediting reading comprehension that results in higher test scores, not just for ELLs, but for all students.
This practical guide is full of ready-to-use tools, including: Lesson templatesRubricsSample lesson plans in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studiesDescriptions of successful programsProfessional development designs
Without strong reading skills, students will never reach their full potential. But now this remarkable book offers a rigorously tested, NCLB-aligned instructional model for improving reading in all content areas.
Designedprimarily for middle and high school teachers of English, science, math, and social studies, this book will also be a valuable resource for middle and high school principals, literacy coaches, and content curriculum specialists.
This book provides a field-tested, research-based approach to expediting reading comprehension that results in higher test scores not just for ELLs, but for all students.
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