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Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6 - 12 - Book Cover
Updated Edition of Bestseller

Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6 - 12

A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Areas
Second Edition (Revised Edition)
By: Margarita Espino Calderón, Shawn Slakk

Secondary teachers and administrators, take special notice: Find here all the best instructional and professional development combinations for expediting ELs ’comprehension across content areas.

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Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6 - 12 - Book Cover
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506375748
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 200
  • Publication date: March 09, 2018

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Retool your whole school for EL achievement

For any student, middle and high school can be challenging. But for an English learner or striving reader—and the myriad words, phrases, syntax, texts, and concepts they must negotiate on a daily basis—the stakes seem a whole lot higher. Fortunately for content-area teachers, Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk make available in a single resource all the best instructional and professional development combinations for expediting comprehension across the secondary grades.

Really a tool to assist all learners across all language needs, the second edition of Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6-12, provides evidence-based strategies for helping content-area teachers and schools at large:

  • Teach academic language in all subject areas
  • Embed discourse practice through interaction strategies
  • Integrate basic and close reading comprehension skills into lessons
  • Teach drafting, revising, and editing for content-specific writing
  • Use cooperative learning to develop social emotional skills and enhance academic achievement

Calderón and Slakk know firsthand that if we’re to counter the commonly held narrative of predictable failure among our ELs, it takes a whole school, and they have the evidence to prove it. Read Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6-12, implement its strategies across all classrooms, and soon enough you, too, will maximize the comprehensions skills so critical to our ELs’ long-term success.

Key features

  • The ExCELL showed significant results for all students in participating classrooms, not just ELLs
  • Can be used with all mainstream and bilingual teachers in grades 6-12
  • Helps ELLs learn and use content-specific vocabulary and technical terms


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Margarita Espino Calderón

Dr. Margarita Espino Calderón is Professor Emerita/Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked on numerous research and development projects focusing on reading for English learners funded by the U.S.D.O.E Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Labor, and collaborated with Harvard and the Center for Applied Linguistics on a longitudinal study funded by the NICHD.

The Carnegie Corporation of New York funded her five-year empirical study to develop Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL), a comprehensive professional development model for math, science, social studies, language arts, ESL and SPED teachers that integrates language, literacy and content. She also developed two other effective evidence-based programs: Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers (RIGOR) for Newcomers with Interrupted Formal Education. Additionally, the Bilingual Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (BCIRC) program was developed for dual language instruction and is listed in the What Works Clearinghouse.

Margarita collaborated with George Washington University on a Title III five-year grant to implement and further study A Whole-School Approach to Professional Development with ExC-ELL in Virginia school districts.

She is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice and Office of Civil Rights. She serves and has served on national language and literacy research panels. Margarita is also President/CEO of Margarita Calderón and Associates, Inc. Dr. Calderón and her team of 10 Associates conduct ExC-ELL comprehensive multi-year professional development and on-site coaching in schools, districts, state-wide and international Institutes. She has over 100 publications on language and literacy for ELs.

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Shawn Slakk

Shawn Slakk is the CEO and Founder of ABCDSS Consulting Consortium and works with teachers, administrators, school & state agencies to offer strategies and supports for emergent bilinguals and their classmates both K-12 and adults. He is co-author and developer of new professional development sessions for all levels of educators, focusing on whole-school implementation, administrative support and coaching. As a former Certified WIDA Trainer and Title III SIOP Coach, Shawn brings a wide understanding of a variety of strategies and how they relate to ELs, language acquisition and lesson delivery.

He served as the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education where he and his team were responsible for developing, implementing, training trainers and evaluating a Sheltered English Instruction endorsement course for administrators and classroom teachers. The RETELL endorsement is required in Massachusetts to obtain or retain an educator license with more than 40,000 teachers and administrators earning this endorsement. Throughout his career, Shawn taught ESL in grades K-University, Spanish across all grade levels and curriculums, and even once taught Japanese to K-2 students. He has served as an elementary and middle school administrator, served at the Central Office level as a district coach and as a state level coordinator. He started his teaching career teaching Adult ESL at Spokane Community College in Washington state.

Shawn’s curriculum and instruction doctorate from the University of Virginia will focus on supporting the needs and instruction of additional-language learners and teachers in reading and writing. He holds an MA in TESOL from Eastern Washington University, a Master of School Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a bachelor’s in English and Spanish education from Whitworth University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Chapter 1: Introduction: The ExC-ELL Model for Content Knowledge, Literacy, and Academic Language Integration

Chapter 2: Planning Lessons Using a Research-Based Design

Chapter 3: Vocabulary Development: Selecting for High-Impact Usage and Comprehension

Chapter 4: Bridging Vocabulary and Reading

Chapter 5: Content Reading

Chapter 6: After Initial Reading

Chapter 7: Writing Increases and Consolidates Vocabulary, Reading, and Content Learning

Chapter 8: Diving Deeper Into Writing

Chapter 9: Setting the Context for Success

Chapter 10: Implementing ExC-ELL: A Principal’s Perspective


Additional Resources


Chapter 10: Implementing Exc-ell TM: A Principal's Perspective



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