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Website Planning in a Bilingual Classroom
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In this lesson, designed for a heterogeneous group of students that includes English-language learners, students work together to plan a website based on their home knowledge. An introductory lesson outlines the structure and components of simple websites (home page, titles, headings, links). Students take home and complete a bilingual student and family interest survey, then work in groups of four or five to identify common themes among the responses. Each group makes a flow chart to think graphically about the contents of their planned website. Each student keeps a project notebook to record new ideas, summarize group work, and share the project with family members. The teacher can make the planned websites a reality using one of the online website-building platforms in the Resources list.

Subject:
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
ReadWriteThink
Provider Set:
ReadWriteThink
Author:
Lucy K. Spence, Ph.D.
Date Added:
10/10/2017
What Does Text Complexity Mean for English Learners and Language Minority Students?
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This paper addresses the implications, for ELLs, of the new standard's requirement that students be able to read and understand complex, informationally dense texts. The authors discuss the types of supports that learners need in order to work with complex texts. They also provide a sample of what academic discourse involves, using an excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Letter from Birmingham Jail. They demonstrate how English learners can be provided with strategies for accessing complex texts, such as closely examining one sentence at a time. The authors argue that instruction must go beyond vocabulary and should begin with an examination of our beliefs about language, literacy and learning.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Fine Arts
Language Education (ESL)
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Stanford University School of Education
Provider Set:
Understanding Language
Author:
Charles j. Fillmore
Lily Wong Fillmore
Date Added:
05/02/2012
Wisconsin History  Vocabulary Visual (Native Americans, fur trade and early settlers)
Conditional Remix & Share Permitted
CC BY-NC-SA
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This resource was created as part of the CESA #1 EL OER Project to help EL students access social studies curriculum and/or texts related to Wisconsin history (fur trade and early settlement). The first page can be used as a vocabulary reference during the unit. Students can use this page to help understand text about this unit or to write related sentences. The matching activity can be used to introduce/pre-teach vocabulary, or it could also be used as an assessment tool (for level 1 & 2 ELs) to see if students understand vocabulary related to Wisconsin and this time period.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Material Type:
Alternate Assessment
Learning Task
Date Added:
05/09/2018
A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners
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Colorín Colorado is the premier national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. Colorín Colorado has been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country for more than a decade.

Learn more about our mission to serve ELLs as well as the team that makes Colorín Colorado possible below.

Colorín Colorado is an educational service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation's capital, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.

The name "Colorín Colorado" comes from a playful phrase that is often said at the end of stories in Spanish-speaking countries: "¡Y Colorín Colorado, este cuento se ha acabado!" or "¡Y Colorín Colorado, este cuento se ha terminado!" (Colorín Colorado, the story has ended!) There's no equivalent in English, but the phrase is similar to "The End" or "...and they lived happily ever after," or "That's all, folks!"

The saying brings back happy childhood memories of storytelling and reading for generations of people from many different countries. Making people smile about reading seemed like a perfect way to introduce our project.

Subject:
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Alternate Assessment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
04/23/2018
eComma — a Space for Social Reading
Unrestricted Use
CC BY
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eComma is a social reading tool teachers can install in their Learning Management System (LMS). It allows students and teachers to read and annotate texts together, pooling their knowledge and perspectives for a deeper understanding and analysis of what they are reading. The eComma website linked here explains how to explain the tool in an LMS and has a user guide and case studies with ideas for how to use it in a class.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Language Education (ESL)
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Literature
Reading Literature
World Languages
Material Type:
Case Study
Interactive
Reading
Provider:
University of Texas at Austin
Provider Set:
COERLL
Author:
Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL)
Date Added:
10/10/2017