Read Aloud Template

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I was honored that Andrea Honigsfeld saw a file I shared on Twitter and asked me to contribute to her book, Growing Language & Literacy Strategies for English Learners K-8. I am sharing the Read Aloud Template below. How to … Continued

3 Years!

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It has been three years since our skills-building book, Cuaderno de actividades Primaria Lectura, was released! To the teachers all over the country who have sought out our materials to support your Spanish-speaking emergent readers, thank you! We also appreciate … Continued

Encounter by Jane Yolen

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Encounter Author Jane Yolen, Illustrator David Shannon (No, David! books) Book Summary:  When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of San Salvador in 1492, what he discovered were the Taino Indians. Told from a young Taino boy’s point of view, … Continued


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Twitter.  I was never going to “do” Twitter. Twitter was for people who had way too much time on their hands and were only interested in pop culture.  I had made derogatory comments towards hashtags by calling them “pound signs”—showing … Continued

Exit Slips

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I like to share with my clients that in all language classrooms, teachers need to ensure that they allow time in the beginning of each lesson to explain content and language objectives and then again at the end of the … Continued

Writing Frames

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Larry Ferlazzo.  This man eats, sleeps and breaths ESL and has for years! If you aren’t following him on Twitter, you should.  He shares and compiles great lists to links, media, books etc. all to support ESL students and teachers. Below … Continued

Valentines Day Game

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Famous Pairs The “Famous Pairs” game is a great way to engage all students around Valentines Day.    Since Valentines Day is all about “couples”, it is fun to point out that not all famous couples are people: salt and pepper, chips … Continued

READ is Here!

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Mayra and I are so excited to finally have this project come to fruition.  We hope that with this book, you as a teacher, feel better able to provide your students with practice in areas of literacy that are essential … Continued