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Recommended Books

Writing Instruction & Assessment for English Language Learners K-8
Writing Instruction & Assessment for English Language Learners K-8
By: Susan Lenski, Frances Verbruggen
Guilford Press

This handbook offers ELL and mainstream teachers a number of tools and strategies they can use to help ELLs become successful writers. Topics include handwriting and spelling for ELLs, facilitating writing fluency, features of various written languages that may appear in ELLs' writing, approaches for teaching different genres of writing, and detailed information on different types of writing assessments. The authors have also included rubrics, graphic organizers, and recommended resources in each chapter.

Writing Instruction for English Learners: A Focus on Genre
Writing Instruction for English Learners: A Focus on Genre
By: Eugenia Mora-Flores
Corwin Press

Moving beyond the writing process, this useful resource is filled with activities and graphic organizers to help students understand and then produce various types of writing: narrative, expository, persuasive and poetic. Each writing type includes multiple genres-for example, the persuasive form comprises letters, editorials, advertisements, and essays/compositions-and the author does a good job of differentiating the components of these genres, as well as sequencing and scaffolding related classroom exercises. Not just for ESL or ELA instructors, this book will support content-area teachers as they deliver instruction on the writing demands of their discipline.

Writing Sense: Integrated Reading and Writing Lessons for English Language Learners (K-8)
Writing Sense: Integrated Reading and Writing Lessons for English Language Learners (K-8)
By: Juli Kendall, Outey Khuon
Stenhouse Publishers

This detailed-yet very readable-guide to literacy instruction for ELLs offers a wealth of instructional information to educators. The writing lessons are aligned to five stages of English proficiency and adjusted for students' ages, and each lesson includes activities to develop the strategies of successful readers, including accessing background knowledge, inference, questioning the text, synthesizing, and monitoring comprehension. Also included is information on the writing process, suggested activities for writing workshop units, rubrics for assessment of students' writing, and book recommendations to engage students and support writing activities.

You Make the Difference: In Helping Your Child Learn
You Make the Difference: In Helping Your Child Learn
By: Ayala Manolson
Hanen Centre; Illustrate edition
(1995)

You Make the Difference is designed for parents of all young children, especially those who are at-risk for developing a language delay. The principles of the Hanen "3a way" approach – allow, adapt, add – are captured in this condensed, user-friendly book.

Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy
Young English Language Learners: Current Research and Emerging Directions for Practice and Policy
By: Eugene E. Garcia (Editor), Russell Freedman (Editor)

The chapters in this important book provide up-to-date syntheses of the research base for young ELLs on critical topics such as demographics, development of bilingualism, cognitive and neurological benefits of bilingualism, and family relationships, as well as classroom, assessment, and teacher-preparation practices. Each chapter reviews the research and answers the following questions: What does the research clearly indicate for policy and practice?; How solid is this database and what findings are emerging?; What should the research agenda be for young ELLs?

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