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Scaffolding ELA EngageNY Instruction for English Language Learners/Multilingual Language Learners

Overview of Resources

Specialists at the Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have developed routines and scaffolds for English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multilingual Language Learners (MLLs) who are using English language arts lessons developed by Core Knowledge, Expeditionary Learning and Public Consulting Group for EngageNY.

Although all students will need support at the word, sentence, and text levels to meet the New York State Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards, ELLs/MLLs will benefit from additional support because they are simultaneously learning language and content in a new language.

Following is an inventory of resources and their respective links.

Inventory of Materials

Scaffolding Instruction for ELLs/MLLs, Grades K-2

Materials to support teachers in scaffolding instruction for ELLs/MLLs in Grades K-2 include an introduction, exemplar lessons, and skills and routines.

Lesson Exemplars for ELLs/MLLs in Grades K-2:

  • Introduction. An introduction explains the techniques used to support ELLs/MLLs in understanding and communicating about text read aloud and in mastering foundational skills and routines.
  • Lesson Exemplars. The lesson exemplars demonstrate ways to support ELLs/MLLs in understanding and communicating about text read aloud. ELL/MLL supports have been added to three parts of the Tell It Again! Read Aloud Anthologies—Core Vocabulary, Presenting the Read Aloud, and Discussing the Read Aloud at three grade levels.
  • Skills and Routines. These routines include the most prominent skills and routines introduced by Core Knowledge in kindergarten and first grade, but they also appear in second grade.

Scaffolding Instruction for ELLs/MLLs in Grades 3-5, 7, and 9-10

Materials to support teachers in scaffolding instruction for ELLs/MLLs include an introduction and exemplar lessons.

Lesson Exemplars for ELLs/MLLs in Grades 3-5, 7, and 9-10:

  • Introduction. An introduction explains the techniques used to scaffold instruction for ELLs/MLLs in Grades 3-5, 7, and 9-10
  • Lesson Exemplars. The lessons exemplars demonstrate ways to support ELLs/MLLs in listening and reading for understanding and speaking and writing to sources. Several of the lessons include pre- and post-assessments that measure ELLs’/MLLs’ vocabulary and comprehension of the anchor texts and ELLs’/MLLs’ ability to write to sources.

Building Background Knowledge and Supporting Vocabulary Development in ELLs/MLLs

The resources to build background and vocabulary in ELLs/MLLs focus on Grades 3-9 and include an introduction and background and vocabulary exemplars to accompany Expeditionary Learning and Public Consulting Group lessons:

Samplers of Scaffolded Lessons across Grade Spans

Samplers of Lesson Exemplars for English Language Learners/Multilingual Language Learners: