January 19, 2013

Article: Common Core and ELLs: Reading and Writing Persuasion

From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/01/common_core_and_ells_reading_a.html

Common Core and ELLs: Reading and Writing Persuasion
By Lesli A. Maxwell
January 16, 2013

Putting complicated, original texts in front of middle school English-language learners may not be widespread practice now, but as more school districts begin the transition to the new common standards, doing so has to become the norm, not the exception.

So says a group of English-learner experts who are working on a collection of instructional resources meant to help educators elevate the quality and rigor of their instruction and support for English-language learners as the common core standards roll out into classrooms.

The Understanding Language team, based at Stanford University, has released its first such instructional resource in English/language arts …. Called "Persuasion Across Time and Space," the five-week unit for middle school students with at least an intermediate level of proficiency in English, is designed around persuasive speeches and texts.

Read the full article at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2013/01/common_core_and_ells_reading_a.html

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