Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Writing in English

Writing Strategies

Writing is often difficult for students, even those who are proficient readers. The following strategies develop and refine students’ ability to determine, organize, and interpret important information in order to communicate their ideas in writing.

Contrastive Analysis
A contrastive analysis strategy can be used to contextualize and analyze written samples of English language in informal, community dialects or from ELLs alongside samples in academic English. Teachers should introduce authentic language experiences that highlight these differences for students in creative and contextual ways, giving students opportunities to practice the academic versions of the expressions.

Reflect: How do you take time to learn about the ways your students’ languages (English and other languages) are written and spoken? How do you use that information instructionally?