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Photobomb essay - Week 5 Let's Think activity.
Eli was a 9th grade student. He was born in the US, but has been classified as an ELL since kindergarten.
Eli's parents knew it was important for him to become a good reader, but they didn't speak any English themselves. When Eli started school, he already knew less English than many of his peers. What to do?
Eli has no trouble speaking and understanding spoken English, but reading is hard! It wasn't so bad in K-8, but now Eli has to read and analyze novels, and understand lots of academic jargon to keep up in his classes. Eli doesn't know what to do.
During class time, she often reads aloud to the students, and sometimes has them read aloud in pairs for practice. She demonstrates how to read with lots of expression!
Eli's English teacher knows it's important to improve Eli's fluency, so she has students do free-reading every day. Students also have to keep a reading log and read a book of their choice at home.
Sometimes, Eli and his classmates write and act out skits to help them practice their writing and speaking skills. Other times, they research a topic and present a short speech. Sometimes they even make up songs or raps to practice rhythm, cadence, rhyme, and vocabulary skills.
Eli's teacher knows it's important not to assume students have a similar knowledge base, so before they read new texts, she makes sure to build their background knowledge with pre-reading activities and journal prompts. This helps students comprehend unfamiliar material.
Eli's teacher also "front-loads" new vocabulary so students understand new words before encountering them in-text.
Eli likes making charts and graphics and enjoys using art and music to show what he knows. Things like essays as still hard, but art projects help Eli show his teacher and classmates just how much he knows!
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