Balanced Literacy for English Language Learners, K-2 / Edition 1

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If your classroom has English Language Learners (ELLs), and whose doesn't, you've probably wondered whether the literacy methods you've used successfully with English speakers can work for nonnative speakers. Yes, they do, and in Balanced Literacy for English Language Learners, K-2, you'll find out why they work and what adaptations you need to make to ensure that ELLs fully develop their reading and writing abilities.

Linda Chen and Eugenia Mora-Flores examine how to lead ELLs toward independence through basic frameworks and techniques you know and may already teach with. Their integrated, comprehensive approach focuses on seven specific aspects of balanced instruction that help students learn, expand, and extend their literacy skills, including:

  • interactive read-aloud
  • emergent story book read-aloud
  • shared reading
  • reading workshop
  • writing workshop
  • guided reading
  • word work

Through transcripts, lesson ideas, and vivid classroom descriptions Chen and Mora-Flores show you how to plan for and adapt your literacy lessons to meet the needs of ELLs as well as what aspects of your existing curriculum may already support them. In addition, they make explicit and accessible the research and literacy and language development theories that make the balanced literacy approach work.

Balanced Literacy for English Language Learners, K-2, is thoroughly practical, grounded in the latest research and theory, applicable in all English - based classroom settings, and full of great ideas for veteran, novice, and preservice teachers. With emphases on scaffolding learning across the day and the use of specific, familiar instructional strategies, it offers best practice strategies for helping little children take big steps into a new language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008806
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/11/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 442,093
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Chen is currently an elementary principal in New York City. She previously worked as a teacher, and a district literacy instructional specialist, as well as a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and a literacy consultant to schools across the nation and in China.

A former teacher and literacy coach at the elementary and middle levels, Eugenia Mora-Flores is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, where she teaches courses in language and literacy development. She also consults on the topic of language and literacy development for English learners at elementary schools in the Los Angeles area.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Language Development 1
Chapter 2 Literacy Development 14
Chapter 3 Putting the Essential Elements of Literacy in Place Across the Day 22
Chapter 4 Interactive Read-Aloud 32
Chapter 5 Emergent Storybook Read-Aloud 51
Chapter 6 Shared Reading 64
Chapter 7 Independent Reading Workshop 87
Chapter 8 Writing Workshop 114
Chapter 9 Guided Reading 144
Chapter 10 Word Work 160
Concluding Thoughts 185
A Academic Language Functions and Forms 187
B Bloom's Taxonomy 190
C Cloze Procedures for Teaching Cueing Systems 191
D Graphic Organizers for Developing Language and Literacy 192
E Literary Genres 205
F Learning Center Activity Cards 208
G Word Sorts 214
Works Cited 217
Index 221
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