Middle & High School ELLs

These guides offer strategies for teaching reading and content area material to older ELLs. Many of the books also address social and emotional needs, as well as the responsibilities that many adolescent ELLs have at home.

Academic Language for English Language Learners and Struggling Readers: How to Help Students Succeed Across Content Areas

Product Description: The Freemans provide the information busy secondary teachers need to work effectively with English learners and struggling readers. They examine academic language at different levels: the text level, the paragraph level, the sentence level, and the word level. For each, they provide examples of academic language and specific strategies teachers can use as they teach language arts, science, math, and social studies.

Collaboration and Co-Teaching: Strategies for English Learners

In this user-friendly and much needed resource book, ELL experts Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria G. Dove provide a blueprint for the what, where, when, why, who, and how of collaboration on behalf of ELLs. They explore the role of school culture, instructional programs, and administrator support in collaboration and offer detailed examples and recommendations for addressing scheduling considerations, developing co-teaching models, and implementing both informal and formal collaboration initiatives with ELLs' needs in mind.

Easy & Effective Writing Lessons for English Language Learners: Scaffolded Writing Assignments That Help ELLs Succeed in the Mainstream Classroom

Drawing on more than fifteen years' experience teaching English language learners, Marilyn Pryle has designed and classroom-tested these ten writing assignments that support the particular needs of ELLs. Each assignment includes whole-class lessons to introduce the topic and teach about genre; leveled mini-lessons that address students' needs at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced language-proficiency levels; reproducible prewriting activities; and a rubric.

Preventing Long-Term ELs: Transforming Schools to Meet Core Standards

This very readable book is an excellent introduction to English Learners, the obstacles they face at school, and research-based instructional approaches to help these students succeed. The authors explore the strengths/weaknesses of various ESL programs; identify ten features of school improvement to support ELs; and offer specific strategies for both language and content-area instruction.

Teaching English Language Learners: Content and Language in Middle and Secondary Mainstream Classrooms

This comprehensive discussion of content instruction for ELLs provides detailed information on planning and implementing effective instruction in math, science, social studies, and language arts. The authors include a thorough treatment of topics such as second language acquisition, academic literacy, and building academic language within the context of the content area classroom. The second part of the text devotes a separate chapter to each of the four content areas discussed, complete with lesson plans prepared by master teachers and mini-lessons for language development.

Teaching English Learners and Immigrant Students in Secondary Schools

Product description: This practical classroom resource helps teachers address the needs of students with non-parallel schooling, and immigrant English learners who are two or more years below grade level when they enter secondary school. It addresses standards and high stakes testing, arguing that teachers need specialized knowledge to assess English learners in literacy and academic content.

Teaching Reading to English Language Learners: Grades 6-12

In this guide, literacy expert Margarita Calderón offers a number of strategies for teaching reading at the upper grades, including vocabulary development, comprehension, and reading in the content areas. She provides a number of hands-on examples throughout the text, and addresses the challenges of teaching basic literacy skills to older students.

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens

In 2008, journalist Brooke Hauser wrote an article for The New York Times about the senior prom at a Brooklyn high school serving newcomer immigrant students. Hauser then decided to spend a year entrenched with teachers and students at the school, following students from their very first traumatic days of school all the way to their graduation ceremony.

Writing Between Languages: How English Language Learners Make the Transition to Fluency (4-12)

Product Description: Professor Danling Fu draws on her classroom experience with ELLs to share an approach to writing instruction that puts the literacy knowledge students bring from their native language and putting writing at the center of the curriculum. She describes the helpful role native literacy plays in building written English fluency as writers use code-switching and movement between languages to scaffold transitional writing, even in cases where teachers do not know a student's home language.