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Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6 - 12

Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6 - 12
A Framework for Improving Achievement in the Content Areas

Second Edition (Revised Edition)

March 2018 | 200 pages | Corwin

Retool your whole school for EL achievement 

For any student, middle and high school can be challenging. But for an English learner or striving reader—and the myriad words, phrases, syntax, texts, and concepts they must negotiate on a daily basis—the stakes seem a whole lot higher. Fortunately for content-area teachers, Margarita Calderón and Shawn Slakk make available in a single resource all the best instructional and professional development combinations for expediting comprehension across the secondary grades. 

Really a tool to assist all learners across all language needs, the second edition of Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6-12, provides evidence-based strategies for helping content-area teachers and schools at large: 

  • Teach academic language in all subject areas 
  • Embed discourse practice through interaction strategies 
  • Integrate basic and close reading comprehension skills into lessons 
  • Teach drafting, revising, and editing for content-specific writing  
  • Use cooperative learning to develop social emotional skills and enhance academic achievement 

Calderón and Slakk know firsthand that if we’re to counter the commonly held narrative of predictable failure among our ELs, it takes a whole school, and they have the evidence to prove it. Read Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6-12, implement its strategies across all classrooms, and soon enough you, too, will maximize the comprehensions skills so critical to our ELs’ long-term success.   

About the Authors
Chapter 1: Introduction: The ExC-ELL Model for Content Knowledge, Literacy, and Academic Language Integration
Chapter 2: Planning Lessons Using a Research-Based Design
Chapter 3: Vocabulary Development: Selecting for High-Impact Usage and Comprehension
Chapter 4: Bridging Vocabulary and Reading
Chapter 5: Content Reading
Chapter 6: After Initial Reading
Chapter 7: Writing Increases and Consolidates Vocabulary, Reading, and Content Learning
Chapter 8: Diving Deeper Into Writing
Chapter 9: Setting the Context for Success
Chapter 10: Implementing ExC-ELL: A Principal’s Perspective
Additional Resources
Tarcia Gilliam-Parrish
Chapter 10: Implementing Exc-ell TM: A Principal's Perspective

“Teaching Reading to English Learners, Grades 6-12, is useful for any secondary teacher who works with English learners, but what makes it unique is its upbeat tone, high and loving expectations for all English learners, and empathy for the challenges they face. Calderónand Slakk help teachers believe in their students, which is essential to teach them. It is rare that a textbook is such a pleasure to read.”

Robert E. Slavin, Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University and Institute for Effective Education at the University of York
John Hopkins University

This book helped my students to understand better how to teach reading to the ELLs special education students

Gabriel Vallee
Petro Celli College, Fairleigh Dickinson University
March 1, 2020

Margarita Espino Calderon

Dr. Margarita Espino Calderón, born and raised in Juárez, is a Professor Emerita/Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University. Her research and development projects have been funded by the US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, the US Department of Labor, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, and various State Offices of Education. One of her empirical studies “The Bilingual Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition (BCIRC)” is featured in the What Works Clearinghouse. The Carnegie Corporation of New York funded her five-year study to develop Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL)... More About Author

Shawn Slakk

Shawn Slakk is the CEO and Founder of ABCDSS Consulting Consortium and works with teachers, administrators, school & state agencies to offer strategies and supports for emergent bilinguals and their classmates both K-12 and adults. He is co-author and developer of new professional development sessions for all levels of educators, focusing on whole-school implementation, administrative support and coaching.  As a former Certified WIDA Trainer and Title III SIOP Coach, Shawn brings a wide understanding of a variety of strategies and how they relate to ELs, language acquisition and lesson delivery. He served as the... More About Author

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