Colorin Colorado: Helping children read... and succeed!

Teachers who work with English as a Second Language learners will find ESL/ESOL/ELL/EFL reading/writing skill-building children's books, stories, activities, ideas, strategies to help PreK-3, 4-8, and 9-12 students learn to read.

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Updated! Writing and ELLs

Updated! Writing and ELLs

Take a look at these ideas in our writing resource section! See ideas >>
Winter Vacation: Reading Ideas

Winter Vacation: Reading Ideas

Take a look at these tips for winter reading! See ideas >>
Reading: The Perfect Gift!

Reading: The Perfect Gift!

Give the gift of reading this holiday season!

See ideas >>
Native American Holiday Tales

Native American Holiday Tales

Take a look at these wonderful stories for the season! See books >>
  • Updated! Writing and ELLs
  • Winter Vacation: Reading Ideas
  • Reading: The Perfect Gift!
  • Native American Holiday Tales
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This Month's Highlights

Answering Guiding Questions with Middle School ELLs

See how middle school ELL teacher Katie Soto engages her students in a discussion about the novel Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck through related guiding questions.

This video is part of our Common Core and ELLs project from Poughkeepsie, NY.

Books and Authors

New!  Highlights High Five Launches Bilingual Magazine

Highlights High Five Bilingue

Highlights has announced that it is launching a bilingual version of its popular High Five Magazine for young children (ages 2-6). Each 40-page monthly issue brings a mix of read-aloud and read-along stories, poems, puzzles and activities in Spanish and English.

For additional bilingual or Spanish-language magazines, take a look Cobblestone's magazines available in Spanish, including Babybug, Ladybug, Ask, and Iguana (previously featured on Colorín Colorado).

Recommended Resources

Professional Title: Creating a College Culture for Latino Students: Successful Programs, Practices, and Strategies

Professional Booklist: Academic Language and ELLs

Concha Delgado Gaitan, an award-winning professor, scholar, and first-generation Latina college graduate, shares winning strategies for creating effective college-readiness programs for Latino students of all ages at the district and school level. Topics covered include working with families to promote Latino student achievement and best practices for counselors, tutors, teachers, and administrators.

New on Colorín Colorado!

Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase ELL Student Achievement

Essential Actions: A Handbook for Implementing WIDA's Framework for English Language Development Standards

In this article written for Colorín Colorado, Bright Ideas author Kristina Robertson offers an overview of WIDA's new Essential Actions handbook and shares a step-by-step process for using this tool as part of a professional learning community focused on meeting ELLs' academic language needs. Kristina also includes ideas for reflection and collaboration.