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Kids Share Book Recommendations. Use Online Reading Logs, Find Books At Their Reading Level. Knowmia - Technology for Teaching. Made Simple. Text Complexity Collection. Epic! - Read Amazing Children's Books - Unlimited Library Including Flat Stanley, Scaredy Squirrel, Batman, and Many Others. Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool. OverDrive: eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries · OverDrive: eBooks, audiobooks and videos for libraries.

Welcome | The Lexile® Framework for Reading. Resources - janrichardsonreading. Pearson Reading Maturity Metric. DOGO News - Kids news articles! Kids current events; plus kids news on science, sports, and more! Booktrack Classroom. Free News, Magazines, Newspapers, Journals, Reference Articles and Classic Books - Free Online Library. Navigating Text Complexity. Understanding text complexity is essential to implementing the Common Core State Standards in ELA & Literacy. But what makes a text complex and how will it help prepare my students for college and career? What tools can I use to select rich, worthy texts for instruction in my classroom? How can analyzing the qualitative characteristics of a text inform my instruction of a text? These have been our guiding questions in developing this text complexity resource for teachers.

We hope that you'll hop in and take these tools for a spin! Try them out, make them your own, and then share your work with others. We feel strongly that teachers drive this work, and believe in the power of sharing ideas and resources across states as we all strive to implement the CCSS. This site was assembled by educators from CT, DC, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, NC, OR, UT, WV & WY, members of CCSSO's ELA State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards.

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events. Learn2Earn | Whooos Reading. Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun! Bank Street - During Reading Strategies. 1. Cueing and Self Monitoring Systems Successful independent reading involves integrating three sets of cues.

Efficient readers use all three to predict, confirm and self correct as they read. Meaning or Semantics: Readers use their background knowledge of vocabulary and word understanding. They also use the context of the sentence, the paragraph or the whole text to figure out what the text is about, and what would make sense. "Does this word make sense as I read it? " Syntax or Language Structure: Readers use their knowledge of English grammar to make sense of text. Volunteers can help young readers use these cues by modeling and encouraging them to ask themselves questions as they read. "She rode the house into the barn. " a tutor can say: "Hmm, does that make sense? Gradually, after you have provided a lot of this kind of model questioning, you can encourage students to ask these kinds of questions of themselves as they read. What would make sense here?

2. Instructional Practice Guide: Academic Word Finder. What is academic vocabulary? Academic vocabulary (also known as Tier 2 vocabulary) words appear in many different contexts and are subtle or precise ways to say relatively simple things, for example “relative” or “accumulate”. The Common Core emphasizes regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary because academic vocabulary helps students access and understand increasing levels of complex texts across all content areas. Why is academic vocabulary so important? Academic vocabulary words are often vital to comprehension, reappear in many texts, and frequently are part of a word family or semantic network. Tier two words can carry disproportionate weight in conveying the meaning of a text, and a reader who doesn’t understand even a single of these high-value words might have his or her comprehension thrown off track.

For these reasons, the CCSS demand significant instructional attention to these words. How does the Academic Word Finder help me? How do I use it? Word Associations Network. 10 Tips for Teaching English-Language Learners. Classrooms across the United States are becoming increasingly diverse with increasing numbers of students whose primary home languages are not English. State-reported data in 2008-09 estimated 10 percent of the US school-aged population (PreK-twelfth grade) as students identified as limited English proficient. Terms more widely accepted and used are English-Language Learners or simply English Learners (ELs). To adequately assist ELs in learning both content concepts and English simultaneously, all educators need to view themselves as language teachers. Here are 10 tips for supporting ELs in general education classrooms. 1. Increase your understanding of who your students are, their backgrounds and educational experiences. 2.

Understanding more about the students' families and their needs is key. 3. 4. The domains of language acquisition, Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening need to be equally exercised across content areas daily. 5. 6. English has a number of polysemous words. 7. 8. SixKeyStrategiesELL. Teaching Tips. Year-round teaching tips Activities for NewcomersWhen brand new English language learners first enter your school, it can be overwhelming for the teachers responsible for their instruction. It's hard to know what to do first. Here are some activity-based tips to get you started. Includes classroom resource picks. August 1, 2011 #ELLCHATAt the August 1st #ELLCHAT, we discussed free and inexpensive resources for teachers of English language learners.

August 15th #ELLCHAT Resources on Parent EngagementOn August 15th #ELLCHAT discussed how to increase parent engagement in our schools. August 8th Twitter Resources on Co-TeachingThanks to Karen Nemeth for leading the August 8th #ELLCHAT on strategies for co-teaching and collaborating. Bloom's taxonomy and English language learnersYour English language learners should be developing thinking skills as they acquire English. Collaborative Teaching: Are Two Teachers Better Than One? Comprehensible Input and OutputHow do newcomers learn English? What! What Is Comprehensible Input?

A critical concept for second-language development for students with and without learning difficulties is comprehensible input. Comprehensible input means that students should be able to understand the essence of what is being said or presented to them. This does not mean, however, that teachers must use only words students understand. In fact, instruction can be incomprehensible even when students know all of the words. Students learn a new language best when they receive input that is just a bit more difficult than they can easily understand. In other words, students may understand most, but not all, words the teacher is using.

Making teacher talk comprehensible to students goes beyond the choice of vocabulary and involves presentation of background and context, explanation and rewording of unclear content, and the use of effective techniques such as graphic organizers. Comprehensible input is related to more than just language development and curriculum content. Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners. If you're like most teachers, your classes have increasingly become more linguistically diverse. If you're looking for ways to meet the needs of students who struggle with or are just learning English, I am here to help! For the last eight years, I have had the fortunate opportunity to work with many students who are English language learners. It's been an exceptionally challenging and rewarding experience and I am thrilled to be able to share with you some of the best practices that I've used in my classroom.

My background includes three years solely focused on English Language Development (ELD). ELD & The Natural Approach ELD is an acronym for English Language Development. In the natural process of language acquisition, students first develop basic communication skills in English. Comprehensible input is provided, which means messages are made understandable and meaningful to the learner via a variety of techniques.

Use visuals that reinforce spoken or written words. How ELD Is Taught. Bank Street - Stages of Second Language Learning. Below are nine stages of Second Language Learning. They have been grouped in to three phases that outline the initial steps to learning a new language for any individual, young or old. These stages provide an example of how students acquire a new language, however, it is important to keep in mind that different children may enter school at different stages, and that all children may not pass through all stages at the same rate or even in the same sequence. Regardless of how your student progresses through these stages, your continued support and encouragement will help him or her with the very difficult task of learning a new language.

Phase I: Observation and imitation Silent stage (which may be combined with emotional shock). Phase II: Single word and phrase use Child begins to use words or phrases that are important for his/her survival in the classroom. Phase III: Initial understanding of grammatical rules. 5 Key Strategies For ELL Instruction. English Language Learners (ELLs) face the double challenge of learning academic content as well as the language in which it is presented.

Teachers have traditionally treated language learning as a process of imparting words and structures or rules to students, separate from the process of teaching content knowledge. This approach has left ELLs especially unprepared to work with the complex texts and the academic types of language that are required to engage in content area practices, such as solving word problems in Mathematics, or deconstructing an author’s reasoning and evidence in English Language Arts. ELLs need to be given frequent, extended opportunities to speak about content material and work through complex texts in English with small groups of classmates. Working closely with Denver Public Schools teachers Ms. Emily Park-Friend (Bruce Randolph School) and Ms. Scaffolding Understanding Purposeful Grouping Background Knowledge Extended Discussion Valuing Linguistic Differences. Publishers. MAP Reading. MAP for Primary Grades - Reference Chart.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Standards Sites. Saratoga Elementary - RIT Band Reading Activities. Curriculum Ladders – Primary Reading (Common Core) MAP Testing Reading Practice by RIT Score. NWEA Rdg RIT Sites. MAP Practice by RIT Ranges / MAP Practice by RIT Ranges. Curriculum Ladders – Reading. NWEA-RIT-Reference-Brochure-Digital. Share My Lesson - Free K-12 Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources. OneLogin. | The Solution to Reading Comprehension.

Text Set Project: Building Knowledge and Vocabulary. ABCs of Teaching Reading. BetterLesson: Share What Works | Free K-12 Lesson Plans, materials and resources. Writing Tools. Home | Write About This. Curriculet. No Red Ink.

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