I teach 7th grade English and 7th/8th grade ELD. My classes all took a practice benchmark exam last week, and the class with my ELD students in it had an average of 59.31%. I want to do something to help my ELD kids perform better and feel like they better understand the material, but I am not sure of the best way to approach it. One of my ELD students wrote on her test that she just didn't understand it. These kids have all grown up in the US, and while they speak Spanish at home, English is their primary language otherwise. Their main issue is with academic English rather than conversational English. The benchmark includes terms like plot, point of view, internal vs. external conflict, Greek & Latin roots, foreshadowing, etc. They also have to read a passage and then answer questions. I would like to take some extra time this week in ELD to give them some extra prep and help. I'm going to start today by asking them to give me some feedback, but I'd really appreciate any insight as this is my first time teaching ELD. Thanks!