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ESL Lesson Plans, Scaffolding, and Related Resources
We’re excited to present a new six-part video series showcasing an exemplar unit that focuses on ELA instruction for middle school English Language Learners. These videos were produced in conjunction with Teaching Channel and Denver Public Schools. The videos highlight opportunities to grow students’ disciplinary knowledge and English language skills in heterogenous classrooms. Watch how two ELA teachers bring this unit to life, then dig deeper into the instructional and learning approaches used in the series with this blog from our Understanding Language team, Rebecca Greene.
Implementing the Common Core Standards with ELLs, Diane Staehr-Fenner
ELL Lesson Plans at AFT’s Share My Lesson
ELL Lesson Plans from OER, Open Educational Resources
"I Can" Common Core Statements in Kid Friendly Language, K-6
EngageNY ESL Supplemental Materials, K-2
1. Kindergarten ELA Domain 1: Nursery Rhymes and Fables
2. Kindergarten ELA Domain 2: The Five Senses
3. Kindergarten ELA Domain 3: Stories
4. Grade 2 ELA Domain 1: Fairy Tales and Tall Tales
Paul Revere's Ride, a Grade 4 ELL Lesson
New Mexico, Common Core Lesson Plans for ELLs
ESL Lesson Plan Units
The following units for grades 1, 4, and 8 are aligned to the Common Standards and target English language learners' (ELLs) literacy and language needs. They were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico, working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and Dr. Diane August. ClasCore State sroom videos of the lesson plans being taught in Albuquerque classrooms are also available here.
Grade 1: Burro's Tortillas
Burro from Burro's Tortillas
This unit is based upon the picture book Burro's Tortillas by Terri Fields, a Southwestern adaptation of The Little Red Hen chosen by the teachers for its relevance to their students' cultural experiences.
Grade 4: Cinderella
This unit is based on a picture-book version of Cinderella, written and illustrated by Barbara McClintock, chosen by the teachers for its rich language and imagery.
Grade 8: "The Story of an Hour"
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
This unit is based on "The Story of an Hour," a short story written by Kate Chopin in 1894, chosen for its themes, historical context, and illustrations of irony
Persuasion Across Time and Space-5 Module ELL Lesson.
ESL Curriculum Maps by Grade Level
Mount St. Mary’s College, Scaffolding Writing for Elementary ELLs
Long Island ASCD Conference
The Common Core Standards & ELL Learners - Elizabeth Reveiz-Magnowski
Instructional Suggestions for ELLs
Diane Staehr-Fenner provides some instructional strategies that teachers of ELLs can use to prepare their students for tasks that their ELLs will encounter on the PARCC exam in English language arts/Literacy
ELL CCSS Video Series
The Northeast Comprehensive Center, in conjunction w/the Connecticut State Department of Education, has developed a series of short videos to support the successful implementation of the ELA Common Core State Standards. The video series provides instructional strategies for Middle School teachers working to successfully engage English language learners with the ELA Common Core State Standards. The link below will take you to the series collection and corresponding handouts.
N.J. ELA Model Units with Scaffolding Support for ELLs
ELA writers have assembled units aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. They are presented here for your review and feedback and we look forward to your responses.
Scaffolds for Supporting English Learners Instruction within the Common Core State Standards
Orange County, Ca.
A Scaffolding Manual is also available for purchase here.
Plays, Poetry, Fluency and the Common Core for ELLs
Cutting to the Common Core
Dr. Cynthia Schofield states, “The challenges facing ELL students are tremendous. ELL students are struggling to acquire language (English), which compounds the issue of learning abstract concepts with limited or no English language acquisition. Teachers will need to collaborate and work together as teams to address the expectations of the CCSS, especially the academic vocabulary. However, collaboration will also nurture the creation of new strategies and a focused approach to scaffolding students to the acquisition of skills.”
Top Ten Resources on the Common Core for ELLs
California Department of Education – California English Language Development Standards
Not only are these the ELD standards that will guide instruction for the state with the country’s highest number of ELLs, the standards and guiding documents present ELLs from a strengths model, valuing ELLs’ home languages and culture. The standards and supporting documents frame teaching ELLs the CCSS through describing how language will provide ELLs access to the CCSS and also defining which types of teacher supports are necessary for ELLs to reach the CCSS.
Transatlantic Slavery with Scaffolding for English Language Learners (ELLs)
This lesson introduces the topic of transatlantic slavery using a variety of primary source maps, images and easy-to-read documents, with suggestions for differentiation for English Language Learners (ELLs) in a regular or self-contained ESOL classroom setting.
Reach by National Geographic
Cognitive Verbs and the Common Core by Robert Marzano
Student Center Activities Aligned with CCSS
Use these charts to access Student Center Activities aligned to each of the Common Core State Standards (Grades K through 5). Click on the grade level below to access the activities organized by standard. A Center on Instruction document listing the standards addressed by each Student Center Activity can be accessed here .
All Pearson ELL Programs
Scaffolding Texts and Tsks for ELLs