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 Tip Sheets for Educators

Resources for ELL Educators in Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School

Colorín Colorado and the American Federation of Teachers have collaborated to develop new tip sheets focused on reading instruction for educators of English language learners in grades 4-12. These tip sheets include information on what to do first, vocabulary instruction, and age-appropriate reading strategies. They are available in English and Spanish.

What To Do First

Before you begin to work with your English language learners, look at these preparation strategies to make your instruction more productive and effective.

What to do first tip sheet

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In Spanish

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Vocabulary Instruction

Research shows that vocabulary development is one of the most important skills students need to acquire to become English-proficient. Here are some strategies to help you get started.

Vocabulary tip sheet

In English

In Spanish

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Reading Instruction: Grades 4-6

These tips offer some great ways to help your upper elementary English language learners (ELLs) become confident and successful readers.

Reading 4-6 tip sheet

In English

In Spanish

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Reading Instruction: Grades 7-12

Learn more about ways to improve middle and high school ELLs' reading skills — try adding a new skill each week!

Reading 7-12 tip sheet

In English

In Spanish

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