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Building Background Knowledge for ELLs: 10 research-based strategies (Video)

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ELLs arrive in our classrooms with varied experiences. Sometimes their background knowledge does not match what they need to know to be successful in their new schools. Therefore, it is essential that teachers spend time building and activating background knowledge so that we can help to fill in the gaps for our ELL students.

In this 34-minute video, I share TEN practical strategies that have been proven effective for teachers who are striving to build background knowledge for their ELLs. As you watch this video, you will likely find that you are already implementing a few of these activities in your classroom, and you may just need to refine its use to use it as an effective strategy to activate background knowledge. For example, interactive notebooks can be powerful tools in building background knowledge if you have your students refer back to specific, related notebook pages before introducing a new concept.

I provide a specific classroom example with each of the ten strategies.

The supporting document includes:
→ a 3-page handout outlining each of the strategies
→ three printables that are mentioned in the video
- a KWL chart
- a 4-corners vocabulary chart
- a sentence-frame poster

This video and all supporting documents are for personal classroom use only. No part of this resource may be used in the creation of any type of new resource.

(c) 2016 Deb Hanson, All Rights Reserved
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