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Teaching Your Secondary ELLs the Academic Language of Tests

Focusing on Language in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies

Dr. Robert J. Marzano writes, "Teaching specific terms in a specific way is probably the strongest action a teacher can take to ensure that students have the academic background knowledge they need to understand the content they will encounter in school.” Teach your English language learners unfamiliar language features before they encounter these words in core content areas and standardized test questions.

Benefits

  • Utilize evidence-based, teacher-friendly lesson plans that help English learners deal with unfamiliar language on standardized test questions.
  • Examine background information on the relevance of lesson plans, materials lists, and graphic organizers.
  • Learn differentiated teaching strategies to meet the needs of students at different proficiency levels.
  • Study word lists divided by content area and grade level, along with practical strategies for classroom use.

Teaching Your Secondary ELLs the Academic Language of Tests


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: The Language of Math
Chapter 2: The Language of Science
Chapter 3: The Language of Social Studies
Appendices: Teaching Ideas for the Word Lists
Appendix A: Math Academic Word Lists for English Language Learners
Appendix B: Science Academic Word Lists for English Language Learners
Appendix C: Social Studies Academic Word Lists for English Language Learners

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