ESL Rigorous Learning Goals

At the secondary level of education, many students are entering with beginning levels of English. This creates a challenge for teachers and in many cases, the teachers lower their expectations for the students or question why the students are placed in their classes. Although the students are not ready to perform without the support of the teacher, the teacher should not lower the expectations of the course nor the level of thinking. Instead of changing what is taught and expected, we should focus on changing how the material is taught and how we can support students to meet our expectations. This ties in with the idea of “Skill-Based Instruction.” The purpose is to acquire content knowledge, but also to develop and use critical thinking skills that will transfer to any content-area. Teachers must allow students to bridge to prior knowledge, read, write, listen, and speak in order to move from reporting and summarizing to original analysis and consistent application of skills. If the teacher remains focused on creating an academic environment, the students will be able to learn the content and the language simultaneously.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

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