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Adjust Your Teaching Styles for English Language Learners (ELL) in ESL/Bilingual Classrooms

A Lesson Plan for a Middle/High School Level Language Arts Class Differentiated for the ELL Student in a General Education Classroom
by Tobey Cho Bassoff

How it works

Students are arranged into groups of three.  They are each given the same article to read, and a different purpose for reading.  Students read for different meanings and then discuss the article from their perspective.

What you need

The benefits from an ELL perspective

  • Promotes analysis
  • Manageable size to read
  • Takes the reading burden off of any one person
  • Collaborative
  • Supports research-based instructional strategy of compare and contrast (Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock, 2006, Instructional Strategies That Work for English Language Learners)
  • Clear purpose for reading
  • Offers different perspectives of one issue
  • Students use, model, and practice English

This lesson was designed by Melanie Caron, a reading specialist at Angevine Middle School in Lafayette, CO, and analyzed by Tobey Cho Bassoff.

Good luck and please e-mail me me your thoughts, successes, and challenges.

 

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