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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: A Close Reading of the Text (Part II)

In Part I of our series on Socratic circles and English language learners (ELLs), we provided you with an explanation of what Socratic circles are, how they’re relevant in the Common Core, and some general suggestions for scaffolding Socratic circles for ELLs. This week, in Part II & Part III of our series, we’d like…

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Socratic Circles and the Common Core: An Introduction (Part I)

In this three-part series, we would like to share some strategies for fostering English language learners’ (ELLs) oral language as part of Common Core-based instruction. Our focus will be on practical strategies for including ELLs in Socratic circles. First, we’ll offer some background on Socratic circles and provide video examples. Then, we’ll describe their connection…

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A Deeper Look at an Innovative High School CCSS Lesson for ELLs

In my last post, I shared Colorin Colorado’s new multimedia project filmed with ELLs and ESL teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY. This week, I’d like to delve a little deeper into one of the high school lessons taught by ESL teacher Anne Formato. As I highlight the lesson “Instruction of Key Academic Vocabulary with High School…

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New Multimedia Project: ELLs and their Teachers in Poughkeepsie, NY Common Core Classrooms

As you prepare for a new school year, I’d like to share with you a rich multimedia project that was recently added to Colorín Colorado. The Common Core in Poughkeepsie, NY highlights authentic ways six ESL teachers worked with middle and high school ELLs to implement Common Core-aligned lessons. The teachers designed lesson plans with…