Curriculum that's good for ELL students?

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  1. OUOhYeah

    OUOhYeah Comrade

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    Is there a curriculum that is geared towards ELL students, but has a Universal Design aspect for all learners? I don't want an ELL curriculum, but my school is looking for something with rigor and ELL support.
     
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    I don't know if the curriculum you desire with Universal Design and ELL support exists as you picture it. Most curriculums have ELL advice for lessons in the teachers manuals, but I suspect that is not what you are looking for. Teaching any curriculum with ELL supports can be done if only you know where to look. I suggest using Kagan structures that allow students to interact and hold all students accountable for interacting with their peers. Other structures can be found in Total Participation structures and techniques. Keep in mind that when assessing ELL students they will need alternatives to or modifications of traditional assessments. I am an ELL specialist teacher. If you want more specific information, please feel free to PM me.
     
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    I don't think it's the curriculum that will be beneficial for the ELL student, but the teacher instead. It's up to the teacher to make the material accessible to all learners, and to the ELL students specifically in your case. Perhaps some PD on effective teaching strategies, with the ELL student in mind, might be more beneficial than a new curriculum.
     
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    The one I want to use is Lucy Calkins because it is more student based rather than lecture and direct instruction.
     
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    Calkins is very good for both reading and writing workshop models. The reading focuses on the strategies, tranferable to all books, and the writing focuses on the different writing genres (narrative, informational & opinion). There is direct instruction during the mini-lessons (necessary for all instruction), but also time for students to develop their own reading/writing through independent work, as well as in partnerships. You can make this all very accessible to ELLs through the anchor charts, including slides & other media during your lesson (this can often be done during the connection, but really at any point within the lesson), and using lots of turn & talks & utlization of partners to further develop their work & understanding (all good strategies to use when working with ELLs).
     

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