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Here are this week’s choices:
StoryShares is a Raz-Kids-like tool that appears to me for slightly more advanced readers, and is less expensive. You can also access 35 of their books for free. I’m adding it to The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers.
This is an older, but new-to-me, article from NPR: A Teen Refugee’s Brain May Be Disrupted More By Poverty Than Past Trauma.
Maptionary looks like a cool visual dictionary and thesaurus. I’m adding it to The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners.
✨Choice boards are great for providing options, but how can they be used strategically to support language dev.? @irina_mcgrath & I suggest this makeover to provide scaffolding & choice. How do you modify for #MLs? #JCPSDigIn #JCPSESL #ELL2point0 #ESL
— Michelle Makus Shory (@michelleshory) March 15, 2022
Designing assessments is 1 of the MAIN things I’ve learned as a history teacher of MLs:
1. sequence the parts of the assessment
2. embed & sequence writing prompts
3 embed & sequence the sentence starters (if needed) pic.twitter.com/erkNRFMRxX
— Tan K Huynh (he/his) 🇱🇦🇺🇸🇹🇭🏳️🌈 (@TanKHuynh) March 17, 2022
I’m adding this next tweet to THE BEST STRATEGIES FOR “ENGINEERING” TEXT SO THAT IT’S MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ELLS:
Engineered texts for after spring break focused on fossils. My goal in small groups is reading, learning connected vocabulary, and retelling how paleontologists find fossils. Ss will read to understand, then sequence a deconstructed text, then write about the process. pic.twitter.com/5iS9wvP7jp
— Dr. Katie Toppel (she/her) (@KatieToppel) March 18, 2022
This is a wild video that I would only show to older ELLs and have them write and talk about what they saw:
I’ve seen almost 400 kung-fu and wuxia movies over the past three years, so when I say I’ve never seen a fight like this before, it’s not hyperbole
(Drunken Dragon/Exciting Dragon – dir. Chiu Chung-Hing, 1985) pic.twitter.com/PRuv0eN6K6
— ChristianV (@GenreFilmAddict) March 18, 2022
Here’s another video just for older ELLs: