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December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Scaffolded Writing Frames For Students


I’ve written a lot about the value of scaffolded writing frames for students – English Language Learners and those who are proficient in English – to use when they are responding to prompts. As my colleague Lara Hoekstra says, “As long as we’re clear that these are some ways to write, not THE ways to write, they can be helpful.”

Some of the teachers at our school met today, and shared the different writing frames we use. They’ve given me permission to share them here, and I’m also including links to previous posts where I’ve shared different related ideas (you can lot of other resources at The Best Posts On Writing Instruction). Please share your own in the comments section:

“Point, Quote, Connect”

Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

“They Say, I Say” Is A Great Writing Resource


Here Are Some Examples Of Using “Concept Attainment” In Writing Instruction

“RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy

The Text-Evidence Strategy That Changed My Classroom is from Scholastic and is also about RACE.

I’ve previously shared an example of how I scaffolded an ABC writing prompt (Answer the question, Back it up with a quotation, make a Comment & Connection). Based on the conversation we had today, I made some minor, but important changes. I have a picture of the revised version here, and you can download both the old and new versions here (the new version is the second one in the file).


This next one is from my talented colleague Nichole Scrivner – the well-known PEE frame is simple and effective:


Here’s a short excerpt from “They Say, I Say” (see a link earlier in this post) that Lara Hoekstra gives to students so they can use it as the “Back it Up With A Quotation” part of the ABC writing frame (or as the “Q” in the “PQC” – Make a Point, use a Quotation to back it up, and make a Comment):


Nicole Simsonsen shared a strategy called T-BEAR:

T- Topic Sentence

B- Brief Explanation/Bridge to Examples

E- Examples\Evidence

A- Analysis

R- Recall/Reflect/Relate

You can find lots of examples and graphic organizers illustrating T-BEAR online. Here’s an image of one she uses:


You can download the next three examples here.

Jen Adkins shared her own version of an ABC response:


Jen also adapted an excellent strategy from our colleague Chris Coey to help students develop an “analytical paragraph.” Also note the strategic way they have students highlight different parts of their paragraph to help them self-analyze if they are placing a higher priority on the “commentary and context”:


Mary Osteen shared a sheet her students use to provide peer feedback. However, she gives it to them as they are writing, so it functions as a writing frame scaffold, too:


As you can see, I’m pretty luck to be able to work with such talented and generous educators!

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Rosa Parks Was Arrested On This Day In 1955 – Here Are Related Resources


Rosa Parks was arrested on this day in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama.

I’m in the process of revising and updating Best Resources For Teaching About Rosa Parks & 60th Anniversary Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott.

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Pins Of The Week


I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated nearly 11,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post):

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Five Most Popular Posts Of The Week

Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).

You might also be interested in The Twenty Most Popular Posts In 2016 – So Far and Ninth Anniversary Of This Blog — What Have Been My Most Popular Posts?

1.The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2016 – Part Two

2. The Fifty Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2016

3. The Best Online Learning Games Of 2016 – Part Two

4. Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class

5. The Best Websites For Creating Online Learning Games

December 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Beginning A New “Best” Series Of Interest To ELL Teachers


Many of the pages on my website are out-of-date, particularly the one for Beginning ELLs based on the standard themes (food, family, home, etc.).

It’s a lot easier for me these days to create “Best” lists for students and teachers a like on this blog and keep them updated, as I’ve been doing for many topics.

Over the next few months, I’ll be publishing “Best” lists for ELL Beginners based on the themes I teacher in my class. I have quite a few related “Best” lists already, but they’re not necessarily targeting Beginners.

Here is a list of upcoming ones:


Look for the first ones this month….

November 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: This One Should Make Everyone Learning A New Language Happy

Overlooked elements of language and literature play a key role is the headline of an article about what seems to me a fairly arcane study.

However, this statistic jumped out at me:


It seems to me that this kind of info would be heartening news for anyone learning a new language, including English!

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