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Lesson Planning for English Learners

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  • Recommended Reading

    • Echevarria, J., Vogt, M., & Short, D. J. (2017). Making content comprehensible for English learners: the SIOP model. Boston: Pearson.
    • Vogt, M., & Echevarría, J. (2011). 99 ideas and activities for teaching English learners with the SIOP model. Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon.
    • Vogt, M., Echevarría, J., & Washam, M. A. (2015). 99 more ideas and activities for teaching English learners with the SIOP® model. Boston: Pearson.
  • Strategies

  • Strategy Websites

    • The Teacher Toolkit - Various techniques and strategies demonstrated with short video clips (less than 5 minutes). Also included are instructions and templates for most strategies.
    • The Teaching Channel - "Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watchshare, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow."
    • ReadWriteThink: Strategy Guides - "Strategy guides define and provide examples of effective literacy teaching and learning strategies and offer a wealth of related resources to help sharpen your instruction."


  • Recommended Reading and Resources

    • English Language Development Standards (Free Download) (Click "show" next to 2012 ELD Standards, then download the PDF file.)  Screenshot showing where to download on the WiDA website.
    • Can Do Descriptors (Free Downloads) (Download both the "Original Edition" and "Key Uses Edition" for the grade level you teach.)
  • Differentiation Tool

    • This tool was created to be use as an addendum to a lesson plan. It allows you to indicate which features of SIOP you are and need to incorporate into your lesson, as well as the tools to differentiate your learning activity modeled after the WiDA Model Performance Indicators.
      • Instructions COMING SOON!
      • Form (Editable PDF - Save as a template on your computer.) COMING SOON!

Academic Language Development

  • Recommended Reading

    • See WIDA and SIOP resources in previous sections
    • Johnson, E. R. (2009). Academic language! Academic literacy!: a guide for K-12 educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
    • The Art and Science of Teaching / Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction by Robert J. Marzano (An ASCD publication.)
    • Zwiers, J., OHara, S., & Pritchard, R. H. (2014). Common core standards in diverse classrooms: essential practices for developing academic language and disciplinary literacy ​. Portland, Maine: Stenhouse .