Literacy development

5L) Writing for genres and audiences

Develop student writing for a variety of genres and audiences, using appropriate content, organization, and style. (elementary only)

Webinar: Using an Equity Lens for Writing Instruction

This webinar frames writing instruction as a means for achieving equitable instruction for Multilingual Learners. Six high-leverage writing practices are introduced and exemplified.
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Video: Differentiating Instruction in Writer’s Workshop in a 3rd-Grade Dual Immersion Classroom

A third-grade teacher talks through her implementation of a writer's workshop and her one-on-one conferencing with Multilingual Learners. This allows her to differentiate instruction and accelerate each student's English language learning.
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Video: Opinion Writing Strategies for the Second-Grade Classroom

A teacher talks through a sequence of opinion writing lessons in her 2nd-grade classroom. She designs the lessons with multiple opportunities for Multilingual Learners to work with peers, interact, and practice both oral and written language.
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Video: Oral Language Development Through Integrated & Designated ELD

This video showcases a series of ELD lessons in a kindergarten class, aimed at preparing Multilingual Learners to orally give and write an opinion. The teacher incorporates both direct instruction and multiple opportunities for students to work with peers.
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Strategy Overview: Sentence Fluency Activities for Newcomer ELs

This resource includes a description of six strategies that focus on the sentence level of writing. They support Multilingual Learners to unpack specific language features (syntax, grammar, vocabulary) and engage in more complex writing.
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Strategy Overview: Helping Emergent Bilinguals Become Confident Writers

When sufficient supports and intentional instruction are in place, Multilingual Learners can develop into confident writers. In these resources, teachers can read about the dos and don'ts of writing instruction for Multilingual Learners.
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Website Article: Culture & Writing With the Common Core- Considerations for English Learners (Part 2)

This article introduces instructional ideas and specific supports that teachers can use to integrate culture into Multilingual Learners' writing to build confidence and motivation.
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Website Article: Writing With the Common Core- Considerations for English Learners (Part 1)

This article introduces instructional ideas and specific supports that can help Multilingual Learners access writing across different genres to meet the requirements of Common Core State Standards.
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Video: Juicy Sentence Example with Butterflies (K)

This video is an example of a teacher facilitating a "juicy sentence" discussion with a group of kindergarteners learning about butterflies. The juicy sentence strategy helps Multilingual Learners access complex text through the study of a mentor sentence.
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Strategy Overview: Juicy Sentence Guidance

This document reviews a strategy to help Multilingual Learners access complex text through the study of a mentor sentence. After selecting a "juicy" sentence, the teacher facilitates explicit discussion about the language structure, word choice, and layers of meaning found in the example.
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