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Explicit Direct Instruction for English Learners

Embed vocabulary development, listening, speaking, reading, and writing in lessons across the curriculum—helping ELLs learn language skills and new content at the same time!

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412988414
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 344
  • Publication date: December 20, 2012

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Boost achievement for English learners in all subject areas!

Every teacher of English learners struggles with the very same issue. How do you build language skills at the same time that you're teaching new content? That balancing act is about to get a whole lot easier. In this step-by-step guide, John Hollingsworth and Silvia Ybarra combine the best of educational theory, brain research, and data analysis to bring you explicit direct instruction (EDI): a proven method for creating and delivering lessons that help every student learn more and learn faster.

Teachers across all grades and subjects will learn how to

  • Craft lessons that ELs can learn the first time they're taught
  • Check for understanding throughout each lesson
  • Embed vocabulary development across the curriculum
  • Address listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all lessons—thus meeting the goal of the Common Core

Featuring sample lessons, classroom examples, and boxed features, this accessible handbook provides the tools you need to become an EDI expert—and see real results from your English learners every day.

"What a great addition to every teacher's toolkit! The authors show us how to include language acquisition in every lesson: It's just 'good teaching' for ELs!"
—Amy Nichols Webb, ESL Teacher
Hillcrest Elementary School, Morristown, TN

Key features

  • Includes step-by-step directions for implementing the highly successful Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) teaching method from DataWORKS
  • Offers coverage of key topics such as how to craft well-designed lessons for ELLs; how to check for understanding throughout the lesson; how to \ embed vocabulary development in all lessons; and how to include the language objectives of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in all lessons
  • Provides numerous classroom examples and samples of complete lessons for ELLs at both the elementary and secondary level
  • Includes several appendices covering the nuts and bolts of designing pair shares, addressing sub skill gaps, and creating learning objectives and standards-based pacing guides


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John R. Hollingsworth

John Hollingsworth is president of DataWORKS Educational Research, a company originally created to use real data to improve student achievement. Although DataWORKS started by analyzing learning outcomes (test scores), it soon refocused towards analyzing learning inputs (classroom instructional practices). DataWORKS now focuses mainly on providing staff development to schools on classroom instruction. John is an active researcher and presenter and has published numerous articles in educational publications. He spends much of his time on the road training teachers.
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Silvia E. Ybarra

Dr. Silvia Ybarra, Ed.D., began her career in education as a physics and chemistry teacher at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, California.  Next, Silvia became principal of Wilson Middle School in Exeter, California, which under her leadership became a prestigious Distinguished School.  Silvia was then named assistant superintendent of Coalinga-Huron School District. Her focus progressed from helping one classroom to helping one school to helping an entire district.  Silvia is the head researcher at DataWORKS.  
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Part I. Getting Ready

1. English Learners Learning Every Day: Who Are They? What Do They Need?

2. English Learners Need Explicit Direct Instruction: The Well-Crafted, Powerfully Taught Lesson

3. Checking for Understanding: How to Verify That English Learners Are Learning

Part II. Strategies for English Learners

4. Vocabulary Development: How to Teach English Learners New Words in Every Lesson

5. Language Objectives: How to Have English Learners Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing English in Every Lesson

6. Content Access Strategies: How to Make English Easier to Understand for English Learners

Part III. Integrating Strategies for English Learners Into EDI Lessons

7. How to Present a Learning Objective to English Learners

8. How to Activate Prior Knowledge for English Learners

9. How to Teach Concepts to English Learners: Concept Development

10. How to Teach Skills to English Learners and Provide Guided Practice

11. How to Teach Lesson Importance to English Learners

12. How to Close a Lesson and Provide Independent Practice and Periodic Review for English Learners

13. Well-Crafted, Powerfully-Taught Lessons: Implementing Explicit Direct Instruction for English Learners


Annotated References





Price: $40.95
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