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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Reading in the New Year

Reading in the New Year

Make a resolution to read together more in the New Year! See ideas >>
Supporting Refugee Students

Supporting Refugee Students

Learn more about ways you can help meet refugees' needs in the classroom. See tips >>
Snow, Snow, Snow!

Snow, Snow, Snow!

These cozy, snowy stories are perfect for bedtime or for curling up on the couch!

Learn more >
Updated! Writing and ELLs

Updated! Writing and ELLs

Take a look at these ideas in our writing resource section! See ideas >>
  • Reading in the New Year
  • Supporting Refugee Students
  • Snow, Snow, Snow!
  • Updated! Writing and ELLs
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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.