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Strategies for Making Content Accessible

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May 2017 | 288 pages | Corwin
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Unlocking English Learners’ Potential
Strategies for Making Content Accessible
Diane Staehr Fenner, Sydney Snyder
Foreword by Lydia Breiseth

A once-in-a-generation text for assisting a new generation of students

Content teachers and ESOL teachers, take special note: if you’re looking for a single resource to help your English learners meet the same challenging content standards as their English-proficient peers, your search is complete. Just dip into this toolbox of strategies, examples, templates, and activities from ELL authorities Diane Staehr Fenner and Sydney Snyder. The best part? No prior training assumed! You’ll find inside every last how-to including:
• How to scaffold instruction across content and grade levels
• How to build background knowledge
• How to analyze text through close reading and text dependent questions
• How to promote oral language and vocabulary development
• How to evaluate and use formative assessment

$29.95, 320 pages, D17100-978-1-5063-5277-0

 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1: Why You Need This Book to Support ELs
What Is the Framework for Equitable and Excellent EL Education?

 
What Is the Sense of Urgency Around ELs’ Equitable and Excellent Learning?

 
How Are ELs’ Demographics Changing?

 
What Are ELs’ Opportunity and Achievement Gaps?

 
What Shifts Have Occurred in Content Standards, and How Do These Affect ELs?

 
What Are the Guiding Principles That We Use to Frame Our Work With ELs and This Book?

 
How Do I Get Started Using All Five Guiding Principles?

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
 
Chapter 2: Using a Culturally Responsive Framework to Meet the Needs of ELs
What Is Culture?

 
Why Does Culture Matter for ELs’ Teaching and Learning?

 
How Can I Begin to Understand How My Cultural Expectations May Differ From Those of My ELs and the Impact This Will Have in the Classroom?

 
What Is Culturally Responsive Pedagogy?

 
What Are the Guidelines of Culturally Responsive Teaching?

 
What Is the Role of Collaboration in Developing a Culturally Responsive Classroom?

 
What Is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Developing a Culturally Responsive Classroom?

 
Next Steps

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
Additional Resources

 
 
Chapter 3: Scaffolding Instruction for ELs
What Is a Scaffold?

 
What Are Different Types of Scaffolds?

 
What Types of Materials and Resources Can I Use to Scaffold Instruction?

 
What Instructional Practices Can I Use as Scaffolding?

 
How Can I Use Student Grouping to Scaffold Instruction?

 
What Steps Should I Take to Scaffold a Lesson?

 
Steps for Developing Scaffolded Lessons Plans

 
How Do I Select the Most Appropriate Scaffold for a Task for Each Modality of Language?

 
What Is the Role of Collaboration in Scaffolding Instruction for ELs?

 
What Is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Developing Scaffolded Materials?

 
Conclusion

 
Application Activity Responses

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
Additional Resources

 
 
Chapter 4: Academic Conversations: A Tool for Fostering ELs’ Oral Language Development
Why Is It Important to Focus on ELs’ Oral Language Development?

 
How Do I Develop Effective Oral Language Activities for ELs?

 
What Practices Can ELs Engage in to Support Their Participation and Engagement in Oral Language Activities?

 
What Are Some Activities for Supporting ELs’ Oral Language Development?

 
How Can I Collaborate Around ELs’ Academic Conversations?

 
What Is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Supporting ELs’ Oral Language Development?

 
Next Steps

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
 
Chapter 5: Teaching Academic Language to ELs
What Is Academic Language?

 
How Is Academic Language Different From Social Language?

 
How Is Academic Language Structured?

 
What Is the Interplay Between Scaffolds, Errors, and Academic Language?

 
What Is the Word Level?

 
What Is the Sentence Level?

 
What Is the Discourse Level?

 
Why Is Academic Language Important?

 
Why Don’t ELs Just Need Assistance With Vocabulary?

 
What Does It Mean That Acquisition of Academic Language Takes Place Within a Sociocultural Context?

 
How Do I Increase My Awareness of the Academic Language ELs Need to Access Challenging Content?

 
How Can I Figure Out What Academic Language Might Be Challenging for My ELs?

 
How Do I Teach Sentence-Level Academic Language to ELs?

 
How Do I Teach Discourse-Level Academic Language to ELs?

 
What Steps Should I Follow When Planning Instruction That Integrates Instruction of Academic Language Simultaneously With Content?

 
How Can I Coplan Instruction of Academic Language When My Time Is Limited?

 
How Can I Infuse Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership to Promote Academic Language?

 
Next Steps

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
 
Chapter 6: Vocabulary Instruction and ELs
What Is Academic Vocabulary?

 
Why Teach Academic Vocabulary to ELs?

 
How Should I Select Vocabulary for In-Depth Instruction?

 
How Can I Assess Students’ Initial Understanding of These New Words?

 
What Strategies Should I Use for Teaching Academic Vocabulary?

 
What Activities Can I Use to Help My ELs Practice New Vocabulary?

 
How Can I Help My ELs Become Independent Learners of New Vocabulary?

 
How Do I Put All of the EL Vocabulary Strategies Together?

 
What Is the Role of Collaboration in Teaching Academic Vocabulary to ELs?

 
What Is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Teaching Academic Vocabulary to ELs?

 
Next Steps

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
Additional Tools and Resources

 
 
Chapter 7: Teaching ELs Background Knowledge
Reflection: How Do I Feel About Teaching Background Knowledge to ELs?

 
How Can I Raise My Awareness About the Importance of ELs’ Background Knowledge?

 
What Does the Research Say About Background Knowledge?

 
What Is the Close Reading of Texts?

 
What Is the Role of Background Knowledge in ELs’ Close Reading of Texts?

 
How Do I Match ELs to Texts?

 
What Is a Framework I Can Use for Building ELs’ Background Knowledge?

 
Step 1: How Do I Find out My ELs’ Prior Knowledge on a Particular Topic or Text?

 
Step 2: How Do I Decide How Much Background Knowledge to Provide to ELs?

 
Step 3: How Do I Activate ELs’ Background Knowledge That They Already Possess?

 
Step 4: What Are Some Strategies for Concisely Teaching ELs Background Knowledge?

 
What Are Some Examples of Teaching Background Knowledge?

 
How Can I Apply the Four-Step Framework When Teaching Background Knowledge to ELs?

 
How Do I Build or Activate ELs’ Background Knowledge in Mathematics?

 
How Do I Construct Less Biased Mathematics Problems for ELs?

 
What Is the Role of Collaboration in Teaching Background Knowledge?

 
What Is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Teaching Background Knowledge?

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
Application Activity Responses

 
References

 
 
Chapter 8: Supporting ELs’ Reading for Multiple Purposes Through Using Scaffolded Text-Dependent Questions
What Does It Mean to Read for Multiple Purposes?

 
How Can I Specifically Scaffold My Instruction of ELs to Support Their Reading for Multiple Purposes?

 
What Are TDQs?

 
What Type of Questions Should I Ask to Create TDQs for ELs?

 
How Do I Scaffold My ELs’ Responses to TDQs?

 
What Steps Should I Take to Create TDQs for ELs?

 
How Do I Apply What I Have Learned About Creating TDQs for ELs?

 
How Do I Collaborate to Create Effective Scaffolded TDQs for ELs?

 
What is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Creating TDQs?

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
Application Activity Responses

 
References

 
 
Chapter 9: Formative Assessment for ELs
What Is Assessment as, of, and for Learning?

 
What Is Formative Assessment?

 
What Does the Research Say on Assessment for ELs in General?

 
What Is the Role of Formative Assessment With ELs?

 
How Do I Structure the Formative-Assessment Process for ELs?

 
How Can I Interpret Formative-Assessment Evidence to Inform Instruction of ELs?

 
What Is Assessment Validity for ELs, and How Can I Ensure My Formative Assessments Are Valid?

 
How Can I Ensure That Formative Assessments Are Valid for ELs of Varying Proficiency Levels?

 
How Do I Scaffold Formative Assessments for ELs?

 
How Does the Formative-Assessment Process for ELs Unfold in a Classroom?

 
How Can I Support My ELs on Computer-Based Formative Assessments?

 
What Is the Role of Collaboration in Creating and Using Formative Assessments for ELs?

 
What Is the Role of Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership in Creating and Using Formative Assessments for ELs?

 
What Are the Next Steps to Design Formative Assessments Specific to My Context?

 
Conclusion

 
Reflection Questions

 
References

 
 
Index

"Teachers and administrators often read books that later end up on the shelf covered in dust. Unlocking English Learners' Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible is not one of them. It is a practical pedagogical guide that helps all teachers realize their role as a teacher of English learners. Teachers will especially love how it builds their background knowledge as well as provides actual strategies that work for ELs."

Samuel Klein, Supervisor, ESOL/HILT
Department of Instruction, Arlington Public Schools

"Unlocking English Learners' Potential is a powerful and valuable guide for deepening all educators’ understandings, practices, and beliefs that contribute to the success of English Language Learners. Fenner and Snyder provide a framework for educating ELLs explained with practical tools, helpful examples, scenarios and activities that promote the implementation of best practices with this population of students. A must-have for schools looking to establish a shared school-wide responsibility for educating ELLs."

Jacqueline LeRoy, Director of ENL, World Languages and Bilingual Education
Syracuse City School District

“For anyone needing a blueprint for how to successfully work with and instruct English language learners, Unlocking English Learners' Potential is a one-stop-shop. This book is a beacon of light for schools and practitioners that are new to ELLs and want to implement exemplary practices.”

Giselle Lundy-Ponce, ELL Policy Expert
American Federation of Teachers

"Drs. Staehr Fenner and Snyder compile an impressive number of instructional strategies that work for emerging bilingual students. With clarity and relevant examples, strategies are brought to life for both practitioners and administrators. A very timely work that will help with the education of the fastest growing population in our schools."

David Nieto, Executive Director
BUENO Center for Multicultural Education, University of Colorado Boulder, School of Education
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Key features
(1) Presents an array of research-based strategies that content teachers can apply to their lessons to help ELLs successfully interact with grade level content.
(2) Strategies focus on scaffolding academic content to help ELs meet today's more rigorous content standards.
(3) Scaffolding techniques can be used across multiple content areas and grade levels.
(4) State-of-the-art coverage includes learning to analyze academic language demands in texts, close reading and ELs, and promoting oral language development.
(5) Throughout the book, the need to foster collaboration between content teachers and other educational professionals is underscored.

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