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Engaging English Language Learners in Purposeful Reading

Engaging English Language Learners in Purposeful Reading

This resource presents six standards-based activities to engage learners in purposeful reading by scaffolding metacognitive strategies, analyzing language and text structures, and exploring word choice with the goal of building learner knowledge and working towards comprehension of a text. 

Engaging ELLs in Purposeful Reading Part I Webinar Materials

Engaging ELLs in Purposeful Reading Part II Webinar Materials

The Text

This resource demonstrates activities for purposeful reading using a text from The Change Agent. The text, Celebrating Freedom on Juneteenth by Inez Sadler, has been adapted to a fourth grade reading level and is appropriate for the Beginning/Low Intermediate Adult Basic Education or the Low/High Intermediate ESOL classroom. However, the goal is that instructors are able to adapt these activities to best fit the proficiency levels of their learners.

Activity 1: Comprehension through Metacognitive Strategies

The following video presents an explanation for the standards connected to, purpose of, and steps for modeling and completing this activity.

 

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Activity 2: Exploring Language Use: Verb Tense

The following video presents an explanation for the standards connected to, purpose of, and steps for  completing this activity.

 

For the activity materials, see the webinar slide deck (slide 25) or the Change Agent text.

Activity 3: Exploring Language Use: Word Choice

The following video presents an explanation for the standards connected to, purpose of, and steps for  completing this activity as well as a demonstration for using Jamboard.

 

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Activity 4: Comprehension through Guiding Questions

The following video presents an explanation for the standards connected to, purpose of, and steps for  completing this activity.

 

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Activity 5: Exploring Text Structure & Language Use: Sequence

The following video presents an explanation for the standards connected to, purpose of, and steps for  completing this activity as well as a demonstration of using Wooclap, a technology tool for creating interactive activities.

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Activity 6: Comprehension through Read & Retell

The following video presents an explanation for the standards connected to, purpose of, and steps for  completing this activity.

 

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