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ELD Writing Lessons

ELD Writing Lessons

Do your ELD (English Language Development) students need support with writing? Do you work with ELLs with multiple language levels at the same time? Or do you go into a classroom during writing and not always know how to support students during their writing time? Today, I am going to show you a set of  ELD writing lessons. Short Lessons These lessons take around 30 minutes each. You can extend them to about 45 minutes or shorten them to a…

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Gender Identity Books

Gender Identity Books

Introduce students to a range of gender identities using picture books. Help them learn about different pronouns and how to use them. There are also books that show transgender and nonbinary kids and adults as the main characters. This set of gender identity picture books can be used throughout the year. They can help children see themselves and learn about the gender diversity around them. Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means I may receive a commission if…

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Writing About Photographs With ELLs

Writing About Photographs With ELLs

Photographs offer excellent support for English Language Learners to write about. They can help students generate ideas, and visual vocabulary support is built into a high-quality photograph. You can easily differentiate a writing assignment based on photographs. All students use the same picture, but the amount of writing, level of support offered, and complexity of sentences are different. Writing about pictures is also a simple way to introduce content information to students. Lable Photographs with Newcomers and Emergent ELLs Provide…

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Writing Sentences with ELLs

Writing Sentences with ELLs

Writing a detailed sentence can be challenging for students learning English as a second or additional language. Beginning writers benefit from explicit instruction in writing sentences as well. Here are some strategies to help students improve their writing at the sentence level. For students who are still at the beginning levels of spelling, it is helpful to practice these skills out loud. Then, once they have more advanced spelling, they will be able to write more advanced sentences. Sentence Patterning…

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Teaching Writing to MLs

Teaching Writing to MLs

When you are teaching writing to multilingual learners, what do you focus on?  This is a big question with many components. I think of writing as being organized in two main categories: mechanics and ideas.  Some students have many ideas to write about and enjoy free writing. For many MLs this can be challenging. One reason is that they do not yet feel confident that they have the language to express what they are thinking. Use reading (or have students…

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Tips for Supporting Oral Language Skills

Tips for Supporting Oral Language Skills

Oral Language skills are the combination of speaking and listening. It is how people communicate verbally. According to WIDA, oral language includes linguistic complexity (the amount and variety of language used), language forms and conventions (variety of grammatical structures and conventions), and vocabulary usage (general and technical language). All students, especially multilingual learners (MLs), need practice with oral language. First, I’ll share some challenges and possible solutions for improving student’s oral language skills. Then, I will go over tips for…

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Tips for Practicing Listening Skills with MLs

Tips for Practicing Listening Skills with MLs

Listening skills are important language skills for students. Students are constantly listening, but it can be challenging to develop hands-on activities where listening is the focus. Here are some ideas to help your students practice their listening skills while learning English. Follow Directions Map practice: Give students a simple neighborhood or park map picture. Give simple directions and have them move around the map and find the final location. Drawing: Have two students sit on either side of a divider….

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Labeling Pictures to Support ELLs

Labeling Pictures to Support ELLs

Students at the beginning stages of writing need support with vocabulary development. One way to give this is to have students label pictures. This supports English Language Learners and beginning writers in learning new vocabulary and using beginning sounds. Here are some benefits of having students label pictures before they start writing. Vocabulary Support As students label a picture, they are getting practice writing the vocabulary word. ELLs might not know all of the objects and actions in a picture….

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How to Teach Vocabulary to ELLs

How to Teach Vocabulary to ELLs

How to teach vocabulary to ELLs can be one of the biggest concerns for teachers that are new to working with English Language Learners. How do you teach a lesson when some of your students are unfamiliar with the words that you are using? Which words are the most important ones in a story? Which words are worth the time it will take to find visuals or preteach them? Here are some strategies to help you support your ELL’s vocabulary…

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Fall Decodable Text

Fall Decodable Text

Decodable texts are a valuable tool for students still learning to decode in English. Decodable texts give students the tools that they need to be successful when they are reading. A connected theme allows students to build background knowledge as they read. They will be exposed to similar vocabulary words and be able to use their background knowledge to determine the meaning of new words. Here is a list of fall decodable texts. What makes a text decodable? A student…

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