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This is a free online tool to create and/or work interactively with students to create books. It also offers strategies to teachers on how to best use the tool.

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"Language of Math" Task Templates are language-focused activities that can be used by teachers to design and write their own language-focused activities. These are used or adapted tasks from two publicly accessible curriculum projects, Inside Mathematics and Mathematics Assessment Project. They...

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This kindergarten class of English language learners (ELLs) demonstrates Lily Wong Fillmore's guidance in how teachers can support students in acquiring and using academic language and working successfully with complex text. These ELL kindergartners have engaged in a unit studying butterflies where...

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This website contains professional development presentations and materials on English language arts in grades 3-8.

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The "Supporting Language Learners with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts" module has four objectives: (1) situate the support of language learners within Wisconsin’s education initiatives; (2) review the different types of language learners; (3) gain familiarity with research on...

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The main purpose of this website is to help students expand their academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). However, teachers can also use this online tool to help identify academic vocabulary words in instructional text. The AWL, created by Dr. Averil Coxhead, consists of the 570...

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Many teachers rely on Turn and Talks or Think-Pair-Shares. These are great methods, but how can you build on them to prepare students for the demands of more complicated conversations? This resource provides a process (discussion norms, steps, video examples, and sentence starters) for building...

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This paper describes how modeling works in concert with all the other science practices in the classroom to promote students’ reasoning and understanding of core science ideas. Modeling usually works in tandem with another practice–explanation. These two practices are at the heart of disciplinary...

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This presentation, centered around the Gettysburg Address, provides an overview of general techniques for providing English language learners (ELLs) with a content preview. Methods include: the use of guiding questions; building background knowledge; bootstrapping on L1 knowledge and skills; pre-...

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LDC is a national community of educators providing a teacher-designed and research-proven framework, online tools, and resources for creating literacy-rich assignments and courses across content areas. Tools and resources include the Teacher Workspace, LDC Exemplary Module Library, Collaborative...

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This resource is a database of 40 million+ freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.

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The main goal of TextProject Word Pictures is to help English Language Learners (ELLs) connect key words to concepts they may already know. It provides QuickReads, Literature Words, Content Area Words, and Core Vocabulary.

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What if you only had time and money to use and purchase six tools to teach your entire curriculum? What would those six tools be? According to the authors, those six tools are: (1) Reading for Meaning, (2) Compare and Contrast, (3) Inductive Learning, (4) Circle of Knowledge, (5) Write to Learn,...

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By making discipline-specific ways of using language explicit (and exploring meaning in content area texts), teachers can help adolescents better engage with school knowledge and more effectively develop disciplinary literacies across academic content areas.

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Kate Kinsella advocates for the use of “narrow reading” units as ways to build word knowledge and literate discourse for English learners and under-resourced students. Narrow reading is the reading of several texts by one author or about a single topic of interest.

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Newly-adopted college- and career-ready standards and accountability requirements will oblige teachers to increase emphases on deeper learning activities. As the cognitive levels of academic activities increase in complexity and abstraction, the sophistication of the language that students will...

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This PowerPoint presentation discusses ways of strategically enhancing English Language Learners' (ELLs) access to the language demands of college- and career-ready standards. The presentation provides a rationale for improved teacher professional development on the language of standards and...

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This PowerPoint presentation discusses ways of strategically enhancing English Language Learners' (ELLs) access to the language demands of college- and career-ready standards. The presentation provides a rationale for improved teacher professional development on the language of standards and...

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This FAQ highlights questions raised during a February 2014 planning meeting with States and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, focusing on the requirements for states that are phasing out their alternate assessment based on modified achievement standards (AA-...

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This document begins with a narrative history of racism/assimilation with respect to aboriginal peoples in Canada. While not directly related to Native Americans in the United States, many of the themes and ideas are representative of the same issues in the United States. This document offers...

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This document provides full unit planning guides for courses that satisfy grade 10 and grade 11 English language arts (ELA) requirements in British Columbia. Each unit includes preparation guides, suggested texts, external resources, and suggested writing assessment materials or assessment rubrics...

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This document provides unit planning guides for courses that satisfy grade 8 and grade 9 mathematics requirements in British Columbia. Each unit includes preparation guides, suggested texts, external resources, and suggested writing assessment materials or assessment rubrics, as appropriate. All...

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In this article, the author suggests that “Northern Arapaho language classrooms, led by Native-speaking, traditionally oriented elders, offer perhaps the best example within the culture of how traditional practices of oral performance can be mediated via written materials in such a way that...

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This document provides guidance and tools for K–3 teachers about incorporating First Peoples content into their teaching practice. It includes several lesson plans for each grade divided into eight units, such as “Gifts from the Earth” and “The Power of Stories.” Most lesson plans include...

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This document provides guidance for educational organizations to create and implement systems that allow students to self-identify as Aboriginal people. The collected data can then be used for student services and to monitor student achievement. While many of the legal concerns would be different...

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This is a video of elementary school writing instruction aligned to college and career ready standards. The teacher has students utilize what they learned when they previously created persuasive speeches  to now write different kinds of opinion pieces. The teacher and students together analyze a...

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This website contains the comprehensive aboriginal education policy for the province of Ontario, Canada. It includes a policy framework, information from conferences, and curriculum guides. The navigation tab includes extensive lesson plans and course expectations for elementary and secondary...

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This Australian document provides guidelines for selecting and using aboriginal resources in K–12 classrooms, as wells as reviews of many potential resources. The guidelines in particular may be of interest to educators in the United States, and teachers may find the reviewed resources useful....

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This report presents findings from the 2013 Speak Up National Research Project, which provides new insights into leveraging digital tools for student learning. The report address four key questions, which include how classroom teachers use digital tools and resources to support students’...

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In this article, Thomas Kane describes findings from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, the largest study of instructional practice ever conducted. So far, the findings of the project reveal that for teacher evaluation systems should rely on...

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