Balanced Literacy and The ESL Teacher

Report
Susan Brown
ELL Specialist
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What do you know about balanced literacy?
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Take five minutes to discuss at your table.
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Summarize and record your key ideas.
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Share with the group.
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15 minutes total
Word
Study
Read Aloud
Shared Reading
Independent Reading
Small Group Reading
Shared Writing
Interactive Writing
Independent Writing
Small Group Writing
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Writing Mini-Lesson: 10-15 minutes
Independent Writing: 40 minutes
Sharing: 3-5 minutes
Shared Writing: 10-15 minutes ( Can occur
during any content area subject)
Interactive Writing: 10-15 minutes (Can be
used with a large or small group)
If the ESL teacher is co-teaching, she can
do a mini-lessons with the classroom
teacher.
The ESL teacher can work with a
small group during independent
writing to do shared writing or
interactive writing.
The ESL teacher can confer with individual
students during independent writing time.
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Build background for the writing.
Create a work bank to scaffold the student.
Provide resources to help the student such as
thesaurus, picture dictionary, etc.
Allow the student to orally rehearse what he
plans to write.
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Read Aloud (May occur anytime during the
day)
Reading Mini-Lesson: 10-12 minutes
Independent Reading: 40 minutes
Guided Reading: 10-20 minutes
Shared Reading: 10-12 minutes ( May occur
during science, social studies, or in a small
group)
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If the ESL teacher is co-teaching, she may do
a mini-lesson with the classroom teacher.
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The ESL teacher may work with a small group
of students to do guided reading, shared
reading, or a strategy group.
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The ESL teacher may confer with individual
students during independent reading time.
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Word Work or Word Study is a time for
students to work on phonemic awareness,
phonics, and vocabulary. The ESL teacher
may be asked to use a specific program. The
ESL teacher can use strategies that are helpful
to ELLs while implementing the program.
Word Work or Word Study can occur during
small group instruction of reading or writing
as well.
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Planning with the classroom teacher.
Shared responsibility of students.
Strategic scheduling that allows the ESL
teacher to meet the needs of ELLs.
Training in the Balanced Literacy Model.
Providing intentional language instruction
using SIOP strategies.
How can you establish a
relationship with the
classroom teacher?
Sarah Lang will share her
experience with co-teaching
as a classroom teacher.
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Place all of your concerns on
the Hot Topics Poster.
Please put your name on the back and we will
get back to you.

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