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Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP Model

Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP Model

by Jana J. Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt, Deborah J. Short

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ISBN-10: 0205627560

ISBN-13: 9780205627561

Pub. Date: 04/08/2009

Publisher: Pearson

Based on the widely used resource, Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP ® Model, which includes all grade levels, this book is tailored to the specific needs of elementary school students, and their teachers, as teachers implement high-quality sheltered lesson planning, delivery, and


Based on the widely used resource, Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP ® Model, which includes all grade levels, this book is tailored to the specific needs of elementary school students, and their teachers, as teachers implement high-quality sheltered lesson planning, delivery, and assessment.

Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners presents teachers with specific lesson plans, strategies, and instructional activities for implementing the SIOP® Model in their own classrooms. The book opens with an introductory chapter that provides an overview of issues in the education of English learners. Each chapter that follows discusses one of the eight components of the research-based SIOP® Model and offers specific guidance on how to implement the component in elementary classrooms.

Ringing Endorsements

“As a classroom teacher with English learners, this book would be a savior in assisting me with my teaching.”

–Jodi Grubb, Pittsfield Elementary School, Pittsfield, NH

“This is a fabulous resource for elementary teachers who have English language learners of all proficiency levels in their classrooms. [The book] is especially helpful for those [teachers] who do not have much ELL support and not enough minutes in the day. The SIOP® model allows you to work with your ELLs while still teaching content/grade level material…It is obvious that the authors know what teachers need and…give both the strategies that teachers are longing for while also providing them with the research-based knowledge to help [teachers] understand…Excellent!”

–Lisa J. DeMaagd, ELL teacher, Taft Elementary, Wyoming, MI

Take a Glimpse Inside:

  • Incorporates the most up-to-date research published in 2008 and 2009.
  • Features new vignettes of three elementary teachers’ lessons on the same curriculum topic in each of the component chapters. Readers analyze elementary school lesson descriptions and use the SIOP® protocol to rate the degree to which the SIOP® components and features are implemented in each of the lessons.
  • Provides many “use-tomorrow” instructional ideas and techniques that are especially effective for teaching elementary school students, including English learners.
  • Focuses special attention on meeting the needs of struggling readers.
  • Includes suggestions for writing content and language objectives.
  • Addresses Response to Intervention (RtI) with recommendations for modifying the SIOP® Model program design, and implementation for students with special needs.
  • Includes a CD-ROM with video vignettes of elementary school instruction that exemplifies each of the eight SIOP® components, as well as brief video clips of the authors speaking about different aspects of the SIOP® Model.

Product Details

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SIOP Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

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Preface and Acknowledgments xi

Introducing Sheltered Instruction 2

Objectives 2

Demographic Changes 6

English Learner Diversity 7

School Reform and Accountability in the Twenty-First Century 9

Academic Literacy 12

Changes in Instructional Practice for English Learners 14

The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol 17

The SIOP® Model 19

Implementing the SIOP® Model: Getting Started 21

Summary 22

Discussion Questions 23

Lesson Preparation 24

Objectives 24

Background 25

SIOP® Feature 1: Content Objectives Clearly Defined, Displayed, and Reviewed

with Students 26

SIOP® Feature 2: Language Objectives Clearly Defined, Displayed, and Reviewed

with Students 27

Writing Content and Language Objectives 30

SIOP® Feature 3: Content Concepts Appropriate for Age and Educational Background 34

SIOP® Feature 4: Supplementary Materials Used to a High Degree 36

SIOP® Feature 5: Adaptation of Content to All Levels of Student Proficiency 37

SIOP® Feature 6: Meaningful Activities That Integrate Lesson Concepts

with Language Practice Opportunities 41

Using the SIOP® Protocol 42

The Lesson 42

Unit: The Gold Rush (Fourth Grade) 42

Teaching Scenarios 43

Discussion of Lessons 49

Summary 53

Discussion Questions 53

Building Background 54

Objectives 54

Background 55

SIOP® Feature 7: Concepts Explicitly Linked to Students’ Background Experiences 56

Instructional Implications 58

SIOP® Feature 8: Links Explicitly Made Between Past Learning and New Concepts 60

SIOP® Feature 9: Key Vocabulary Emphasized 60

Academic Language 61

Vocabulary Instruction 65

The Lesson 71

Unit: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Sixth Grade) 71

Teaching Scenarios 72

Discussion of Lessons 77

Summary 78

Discussion Questions 79

Comprehensible Input 80

Objectives 80

Background 81

SIOP® Feature 10: Speech Appropriate for Students’ Proficiency Levels 82

SIOP® Feature 11: Clear Explanation of Academic Tasks 83

SIOP® Feature 12: A Variety of Techniques Used to Make Content Concepts Clear 85

The Lesson 87

Unit: Land Forms (Third Grade) 87

Teaching Scenarios 87

Discussion of Lessons 92

Summary 94

Discussion Questions 95

Strategies 96

Objectives 96

Background 97

SIOP® Feature 13: Ample Opportunities Provided for Students to Use Learning

Strategies 98

SIOP® Feature 14: Scaffolding Techniques Consistently Used, Assisting and Supporting

Student Understanding 102

SIOP® Feature 15: A Variety of Questions or Tasks That Promote Higher-Order Thinking

Skills 104

The Lesson 106

Unit: Saving Our Planet (Fifth Grade) 106

Teaching Scenarios 107

Discussion of Lessons 111

Summary 116

Discussion Questions 116

Interaction 118

Objectives 118

Background 119

Mainstream Lesson 121

SIOP® Model 122

SIOP® Feature 16: Frequent Opportunities for Interaction and Discussion 123

Oral Language Development 123

Other Opportunities for Interaction 126

SIOP® Feature 17: Grouping Configurations Support Language and Content Objectives

of the Lesson 131

SIOP® Feature 18: Sufficient Wait Time for Student Responses Consistently Provided 133

SIOP® Feature 19: Ample Opportunity for Students to Clarify Key Concepts in L1 134

The Lesson 134

Unit: Addition and Subtraction (First Grade) 134

Teaching Scenarios 135

Discussion of Lessons 139

Summary 140

Discussion Questions 140

Practice & Application 142

Objectives 142

Background 143

SIOP® Feature 20: Hands-On Materials and/or Manipulatives Provided for Students

to Practice Using New Content Knowledge 145

SIOP® Feature 21: Activities Provided for Students to Apply Content and

Language Knowledge 146

SIOP® Feature 22: Activities Integrate All Language Skills 148

The Lesson 150

Unit: Weather (Second Grade) 150

Teaching Scenarios 150

Discussion of Lessons 156

Summary 158

Discussion Questions 158

Lesson Delivery 160

Objectives 160

Background 161

SIOP® Feature 23: Content Objectives Clearly Supported by Lesson Delivery 162

SIOP® Feature 24: Language Objectives Clearly Supported by Lesson Delivery 162

Meeting Content and Language Objectives 162

SIOP® Feature 25: Students Engaged Approximately 90% to 100% of the Period 163

SIOP® Feature 26: Pacing of the Lesson Appropriate to Students’Ability Levels 165

The Lesson 166

Unit: The Gold Rush (Fourth Grade) 166

Teaching Scenarios 166

Discussion of Lessons 170

Summary 172

Discussion Questions 173

Review & Assessment 174

Objectives 174

Background 176

SIOP® Feature 27: Comprehensive Review of Key Vocabulary 176

SIOP® Feature 28: Comprehensive Review of Key Content Concepts 178

SIOP® Feature 29: Regular Feedback Provided to Students on Their Output 179

SIOP® Feature 30: Assessment of Student Comprehension and Learning

of All Lesson Objectives Throughout the Lesson 179

The Lesson 185

Unit: Mathematics (Kindergarten) 185

Teaching Scenarios 185

Discussion of Lessons 191

Summary 194

Discussion Questions 195

Issues of Reading Development and Special

Education for English Learners 196

Objectives 197

Issues of Reading Development and Assessment for Children 198

Issues Related to Special Education 203

Special Education Services: When Are They Appropriate? 204

Assisting Struggling Learners: Response to Intervention 206

Students with Special Needs 209

Summary 210

Discussion Questions 210

Effective Use of the SIOP® Protocol 212

Objectives 212

Best Practice in Using the SIOP® Protocol 213

Scoring and Interpreting the SIOP® Protocol 215

Assigning Scores 215

Not Applicable (NA) Category 216

Calculating Scores 216

Sample Lesson 217

Using SIOP® Scores and Comments 220

Reliability and Validity of the SIOP® 230

Summary 230

Discussion Questions 230

Appendix A: The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP®) 232

Appendix B: Lesson Plans 240

Appendix C: Research on the SIOP® Model 246

Summary: Selected Findings from the SIOP® Research Project 249

Current SIOP® Research Studies 250

References 253

Glossary 254

References 258

Index 268

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