English Language Arts/Literacy

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ELA/Literacy

Providing Explicit Vocabulary Instruction

Use this multimedia overview to understand the importance of providing explicit vocabulary instruction focused on words key to understanding content in both reading and subject area classrooms. Learn about how teachers can help students develop strategies for becoming independent vocabulary learners.

 

SOURCE:  Doing What Works

Rules of Cooperation

Heritage Elementary students developed this poster to show rules they generated for working with peers. Students have held discussions about cooperation and generated posters in both Spanish and English.

 

FEATURING: Heritage Elementary (OR)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Peer Learning Routines

Review two examples of how peer partner work and pair-sharing are integrated into an oral reading practice activity and a fifth grade mathematics activity at Cahuenga Elementary.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Everyone’s Role in Academic English

The principal, coaches, and teachers discuss their roles in teaching academic English, and the instructional support teachers need to address standards, conduct vertical planning, and use assessment data to improve instruction.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Kindergarten Student Writing Sample

This is a story about a butterfly that was written and illustrated by a kindergarten student in both English and Spanish versions. It shows her mastery of both everyday and academic English vocabulary words.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Graphic Organizer

Graphic maps become more elaborate as students develop in skill or write different types of text. See two stages of a girl’s work on a multi-step story and notice her use of transition words.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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