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January, 2009

Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners
Videos, slideshows, and other tools for teaching reading to K-5 ELL.
Grade Level: Professional


http://dww.ed.gov/priority_area/priority_landing.cfm?PA_ID=6

CONTENT
Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 Learners provides videos, slideshows, and other tools for teaching reading to K-5 English Language Learners (ELL). It was developed by the U.S. Department of Education and the What Works Clearinghouse.
SITE DESIGN
This site is well organized, making locating information simple. There are links to the major sections on the main page. Upon entering the site, users are presented with a left side menu featuring the five themes of the site, as well as a tabbed menu in the body of the page.
 

REVIEW
Teaching Literacy in English to K-5 English Learners offers resources for teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and others who face the challenge of providing effective literacy instruction for English Language Learners (ELL) in the elementary grades. The site is organized around five research-based recommendations: 1) screen and monitor students progress, 2) provide reading interventions, 3) teach vocabulary, 4) develop academic English, and 5) schedule peer learning. Visitors to the site might want to start with the introductory video from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The research that backs up the recommended practices is available in the essential concepts section. The real meat of the site, however, is in the recommended practices area, where users will find practical information on what works, how it works, and practice tools for doing what works for each of the five recommendations. Included are planning templates, an ELL glossary, and links to related information.

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