Interactive Writing

A collaborative teaching method in which students and teachers deliberate the form and content of a message they are going to write and share the pen to construct their message. In sharing the pen, students examine their thinking and develop metacognitive understanding about the reading and writing processes.

Language Demands to Grow for ELLs Under New Standards

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Lesli A. Maxwell
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Read Alouds (reading to children)

Use this common teaching practice across the content areas to enable students to be exposed to texts beyond their reading level, focus on comprehension strategies, build vocabulary and concepts, increase their exposure to book language and structure, and improve listening skills.

Shared Reading (reading with children)

This is a model of reading with a group of children developed by Holdaway (1979). It builds on the research that indicates that reading to children is a critically important factor in young children’s reading development. Using oversized books and illustrations (referred to as big books) or charts with enlarged print, the text is read multiple times with more and more children joining in the repeated readings.

Writer’s Workshop

This is a structured approach to teaching writing developed by Lucy Caulkins. It begins with a short mini-lesson that is based on real world writing examples, followed by an extended time with students engaged in the writing process. The system includes peer collaboration and conferring with the teacher as students work on their writing craft, and the workshop concludes each day with students sharing writing examples with others.

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Language Reader Coding System Overview

This document clearly provides an explanation for the leveling and scope of increasing skills for the Language Readers.