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EL Excellence Every Day
The Flip-to Guide for Differentiating Academic Literacy

Foreword by Jeff Zwiers



January 2018 | 328 pages | Corwin

Take the Flip-to Book Tour! 

 You have to see this book to believe this book. And once you use this book it will quickly become your most treasured teaching resource. What exactly is so remarkable? All of the best teaching tools in language and literacy are at your fingertips! Just flip to that strategy you want to learn or that literacy goal you want to reach for a wealth of ready-to-use resources to actively engage learners, build academic language, and strategically support literacy instruction.

Much more than a resource for EL specialists, EL Excellence Every Day is written for every teacher, with a singular focus on improving the ways we all differentiate literacy instruction. Busy teachers especially will appreciate:

  • Over 85 flip-to strategies that help you engage and support all learners
  • 200+ prompts and linguistic scaffolds to facilitate academic conversations connected to specific literacy goals
  • Lesson-ready resources for essential literacy goals: anticipate before reading, read to understand, read to analyze and infer, and write with text evidence
  • Formative assessment tasks and if/then charts for personalizing teaching to every student
  • Differentiation guides that demonstrate how to adjust supports across EL proficiency levels
  • Intuitive, color-coded design so you can find what you need, when you need it 

No one lesson or strategy is ever the perfect solution for every student. No one student learns in the same way. If there’s one universal truth in teaching it’s that every child is unique. Devour this book and soon enough you’ll provide the excellent literacy instruction each and every student deserves each and every day.

“We need resources that clearly and quickly help us to meet diverse instructional needs every day in every classroom. Tonya Ward Singer’s EL Excellence Every Day: The Flip-to Guide for Differentiating Academic Literacy is such a resource.”
--JEFF ZWIERS, from the foreword

 

 
Foreword
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
SECTION I: ESSENTIALS FOR EL EXCELLENCE
 
1. INTRODUCTION
Why This Book?  
Helping Every Teacher Excel Teaching ELs  
Core Pedagogy for EL Excellence  
How This Guide Helps You Every Day  
Ways to Use This Flip-To Guide  
 
2. ESSENTIAL MINDSETS
Mindsets Matter  
Value English Learners’ Assets  
Expect Excellence From Every English Learner  
Reflect in Inquiry About Your Impact  
 
SECTION II: ENGAGE
 
3. ENGAGE EVERY EL
What Is Student Engagement?  
Why Collaborative Conversations?  
3.1 Whole-Class Conversation Structures  
3.2 Partner Conversation Structures  
3.3 Small-Group Conversation Structures  
3.4 Up and Moving Conversation Structures  
3.5 Fishbowl Structure  
3.6 Listening to Conversations as Formative Data  
3.7 Tools to Differentiate Student Conversations  
3.8 Linguistic Frames for Conversations  
3.9 Strategies to Actively Engage Emerging ELs  
3.10 Total Physical Response Strategies  
3.11 Read and Annotate Strategies  
3.12 Collaborate to Write Strategies  
 
SECTION III: SUPPORT
 
4. SUPPORT ELS STRATEGICALLY
What Supports Do ELs Need?  
How Do I Personalize Supports?  
How Do I Differentiate With Ease?  
 
5. BUILD BACKGROUND
What and Why?  
When Do I Build Background?  
Who Benefits From Building Background?  
Strategies to Build Background  
5.1 Connect to Students’ Background Knowledge and Experiences  
5.2 Teach Concept Vocabulary With the Frayer Model  
5.3 A Collaborative Approach to the Frayer Model  
5.4 Direct Instruction Vocabulary Routine  
5.5 Teach Vocabulary With Cognates  
5.6 Model Through Teacher Action  
5.7 Model Expectations With an Exemplar  
5.8 Collaborate to Contrast Exemplars  
5.9 Collaborate to Evaluate an Exemplar With a Rubric  
Reflect on Chapter 5  
 
6. SCAFFOLD LANGUAGE DURING A TASK
What and Why?  
Strategies to Scaffold Language During a Task  
Anticipating the Just-Right Level of Scaffolds  
Tips to Be Strategic  
6.1 Linguistic Frames  
6.2 Word Banks  
6.3 Word Bank Table  
6.4 Sentence Chart  
6.5 Graphic Organizers  
Reflect on Chapter 6  
 
7. TEACH LANGUAGE BEYOND A TASK
What and Why?  
What Features of Language Do I Teach?  
Strategies to Teach Language in This Chapter  
7.1 Teach Language From Life Experience  
7.2 Teach Language From a Text  
7.3 Syntax (or Paragraph) Surgery  
7.4 Teach Word Relationships  
Reflect on Chapter 7  
 
SECTION IV: APPLY STRATEGIES TO DIFFERENTIATE ACADEMIC LITERACY
 
8. MAKE EL EXCELLENCE ROUTINE
Four Steps, Four Conversation Tasks  
Apply Essentials to Meet Specific Literacy Goals  
Where Do I Begin?  
What Will I Find in Each Chapter?  
Be in Continuous Inquiry About Your Impact  
 
9. ANTICIPATE
What and Why?  
9.1 Make Predictions  
9.2 Ask Questions Before Reading  
 
10. READ TO UNDERSTAND
What and Why?  
10.1 Identify Main Ideas  
10.2 Self-Monitor and Use Context Clues  
10.3 Use Affixes and Roots to Figure Out Unknown Words  
 
11. READ TO ANALYZE AND INFER
What and Why?  
11.1 Make Claims About Texts  
11.2 Justify Claims With Text Evidence  
11.3 Make Inferences About Characters  
11.4 Make and Justify Claims About Theme and Author’s Message  
11.5 Compare and Contrast  
 
APPENDIX: GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS
Collaborative Brainstorm  
Frayer Model  
Direct Vocabulary Instruction  
Word Family Chart  
Organize Cause and Effect  
Claim and Justify With Text Evidence  
 
References
 
Index

"Tonya Ward Singer’s latest book, written in an easy-to-access conversational style, is exactly what teachers need to bring English learners to the next level in language as well as content. Ward Singer obviously knows her way around classrooms that contain ELs and offers practical suggestions grounded in research of what teachers can do when very real situations arise with ELs. This book provides guidance framed around ELs’ proficiency levels and will help teachers find that 'sweet spot' that we’re all looking for to promote our ELs’ excellence. I highly recommend this book for all types of teachers."

Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner, President
SupportEd

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