Table of Contents

Preparations for Instruction

1. Setting Up a Classroom for English Language Learners 

Examining Your Room Through the Eyes of an English Language Learner • Creating a Layout • Establishing the Classroom Library • Organizing Collaborative Work Areas • Making Effective Centers • Labeling the Classroom


2. Getting Ready to Teach English Language Learners from Day One 

Using a Whole-Class Profile • Native Language • Country of Origin • English Proficiency Level • Academic History in the L1 and L2 • Reading in the L1 and L2 • Writing in the L1 and L2 • Math in the L1 and L2 • The Big Picture of the First Week of School • Communicating with Families


3. Classroom Management with English Language Learners

Benefits of Classroom Management for ELLs • Setting Up a Daily Schedule • Literacy Components in a Daily Schedule • Practicing Classroom Routines • Establishing Class Rules • Developing a System for Accountability • Structuring Homework Procedures 

Teaching English Language Learners

4. Integrating Literacy and Content-Area Instruction

Benefits of Integrated Instruction with ELLs • Planning the Big Picture for Yearlong Integrated Instruction • Planning an Integrated Unit for ELLs • Example of an Integrated Unit in Action


5. Teaching Academic Language Through the Curriculum

Developing Language Objectives • Modeling and Practicing Language Structures • Teaching Content-Specific Vocabulary


6. Snapshots of Differentiated Instruction with English Language Learners

Keys to Success with ELLs • The Classroom Setting for the Snapshots of Instruction • Read-Aloud • Shared Reading • Reading Workshop Minilesson • Reading Conference • Guided Reading • Writing Workshop Minilesson • Writing Conferences • Published Writing



A. Whole-Class Profiles

B. English Proficiency Levels Chart and Checklist

C. Family Survey

D. Conference Forms for ELLs

E. Planning an Integrated Unit

F. Developing Language Through Reading Comprehension Strategies

G. Using Graphic Organizers with ELLs


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