English Language Teaching: Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading


Great strategies for busy teachers can be found at https://www.edutopia.org/article/assigning-more-writing-less-grading?utm_source=Edutopia%20News&utm_campaign=2ad7e54e9a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_112917_enews_beingknownmatters_mc&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29295b4c8b-2ad7e54e9a-47933087


Enriching Academic Vocabulary: Strategies for Teaching Tier Two Words to E.L.L. Students: A Lesson Plan


Published buy LARRY FERLAZZO at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/29/learning/lesson-plans/enriching-academic-vocabulary-strategies-for-teaching-tier-two-words-to-ell-students.html?_r=0

English Literacy: 5 Simple Ways To Build Phonics Skills and Phonemic Awareness


This area is particularly difficult for educators with lack of literacy training. Find resources at https://www.weareteachers.com/build-phonics-skills/?utm_source=FB&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SuccessForAll_1707_Art_1

Our Ability to Recognize Letters Could Be Hardwired Into Our Brains



new research suggesting a link between written language and something more fundamental in our brains could mean we need to look again at Chomsky’s ideas. The study, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, found that participants could guess what sounds were represented by letters from unfamiliar alphabets at rates better than you would expect from simple chance. If we have an innate ability to understand writing, then perhaps language more generally is something found much deeper in brains than other learned skills.

at https://undark.org/article/language-letters-brains/

The Lexile Framework: Unnecessary and Potentially Harmful


Something to share with your school communities: http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/lexile_framework.pdf

Practical Tips for English Literacy Development


Excellent tips at http://www.hmhco.com/media-center/blogs/2017/october/fall-literacy-leadership-talks-recap-five-takeaways-from-hmh-literacy-experts?utm_content=buffer21ba3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

English Language Learners and Literacy Instruction: Where Tech Tools Fail


When ELA Tools Can’t Adapt to Students’ Native Language

at https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-29-when-adaptive-tools-can-t-adapt-to-students-native-language

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