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Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners: Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy
Using the Language Experience Approach With English Language Learners: Strategies for Engaging Students and Developing Literacy
By: Denise D. Nessel, Carol N. Dixon
Corwin Press
(2008)

Based on their experience and success in using the Language Experience Approach (LEA) with English language learners, authors Nessel and Dixon provide K-12 educators with a helpful guide on how to implement LEA in their own classrooms. The authors begin with an overview of the approach and why they believe it is so effective with ELLs. They then offer strategies to use with students of varying proficiency and confidence levels, as well as targeted strategies for using LEA in both reading and writing instruction. The authors conclude with a series of lessons and examples that show how to use LEA to integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities in the classroom.

Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
By: Lindsay Carleton, Robert J. Marzano
Marzano Research Laboratory
(2010)

Vocabulary Games for the Classroom is a collection of games for teachers to play with their students to help them gain a better grasp of the finer words in the English language. With plenty of example activities for any primary or secondary school grade level, terms for different subjects, questions, and how to emphasize the importance of vocabulary, Vocabulary Games for the Classroom is a strong pick and solidly recommended read for any language teacher. — Midwest Book Review

Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study with Middle and Secondary Students
Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study with Middle and Secondary Students
By: Shane Templeton, Francine Johnston , Donald R. Bear , M.A. Invernizzi
Prentice Hall
(2009)

Product Description: The author team that developed the research-rooted word study phenomenon Words Their Way turn their attention to the same kind of hands on, research based approach to developing vocabulary with students in intermediate, middle, and secondary grades. The text offers research-tested ideas for helping students use word patterns to puzzle out meaning to content area vocabulary. It also provides much needed assessment information to help teachers gauge where to begin instruction, as well as hands on opportunities for teachers to keep student attention and interest as they build vocabulary.

Voices From Fatherhood: Fathers Sons & ADHD
Voices From Fatherhood: Fathers Sons & ADHD
By: Patrick J. Kilcarr

Voices from Fatherhood is unique in focusing on fathers' concerns in parenting their ADHD sons. It offers fathers support and encouragement and specific management techniques. In summary, this is a book that everyone — fathers, mothers, educators, and mental health professionals — will find useful in helping to understand the dynamics of modern day father-son relationships.

Ways with Words : Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms
Ways with Words : Language, Life and Work in Communities and Classrooms
By: Shirley Heath
Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition
(1983)

Ways with Words is a classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two communities only a few miles apart in the south-eastern United States. In tracing the children's language development the author shows the deep cultural differences between the two communities. Employing the combined skills of ethnographer, social historian, and teacher, the author raises fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language habits, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces.

We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream
We Are Americans: Undocumented Students Pursuing the American Dream
By: William Perez
Stylus Publishing
(2009)

"Perez, a developmental psychologist and professor in Southern California, plumbs the stories of students living with the constant threat of deportation for an answer to the question, 'What does it mean to be an American?' Raised in this country by parents who gained access illegally, the 16 high school, college and post-graduate students profiled here (standing in for 65,000 nationwide) have each embraced our language, culture and collective dream, but are denied pathways to success. Perez, who has worked at a variety of research institutions, including the RAND Corporation and the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research, makes a compelling argument for changing legislation on many fronts, including bottom line economics." — Publishers Weekly

What About Me?: Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners
What About Me?: Strategies for Teaching Misunderstood Learners
By: Christopher Lee, Rosemary Jackson

With Faking It, Christopher Lee and Rosemary Jackson offered a moving account of Lee's struggle and ultimate triumph over dyslexia. Now, Lee combines his special insight with Jackson's expertise as a special education trainer to offer specific help to teachers and parents of other misunderstood learners.

What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) a Reader-Friendly Guide
What Does Everybody Else Know That I Don't?: Social Skills Help for Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) a Reader-Friendly Guide
By: Michele Novotni, Randy Petersen

Focusing on social skills training for adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD), this book offers solutions for tackling behavior that is often inattentive, impulsive, and hyperactive. Advice is given on how to handle common social problems such as manners, etiquette, communication, subtext, listening, and interpersonal relationships. The format of the book is designed for AD/HD learning styles and includes true stories, practical exercises, and tips that keep those with AD/HD reading. Adults with AD/HD learn how to identify behaviors in themselves that can cause problems in social relationships.

What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs
What Really Matters for Struggling Readers: Designing Research-Based Programs
By: Richard Allington
Allyn & Bacon; 1 edition
(2000)

In What Really Matters for Struggling Readers, nationally recognized scholar Dick Allington offers easy-to-understand interpretations of research that support three important principles: Children need to read a great deal to become proficient readers, they need access to appropriate books, and they need to develop fluent reading to become proficient readers.

When English Language Learners Write: Connecting Research to Practice (K-8)
When English Language Learners Write: Connecting Research to Practice (K-8)
By: Katharine Davies Samway
Heinemann
(2006)

When English Language Learners Write helps educators connect language acquisition to everyday classroom practices. Samway explains numerous important factors affecting nonnative writers and then she shows educators crucial steps to take for instruction that's responsive to language learners' needs, such as: understanding the literacy practices of non-mainstream cultures; discovering what ELLs can do as writers before they become fluent in English; and providing a print-rich environment to cement the reading–writing connection.

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