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After years of working with English Learners as a classroom teacher, interventionist and as a district specialist, I have complied a series of researched based EL best practices into explicit and systematic writing instruction that enhances not only vocabulary and oral language skills, but also written composition.
Oral and written language development are closely linked. Research has shown that when students are asked to analyze a piece of concrete data such as a picture or an object in order to generate ideas for writing it is an effective instructional practice for improving the writing. The use and discussion of pictures when teaching language learners this powerful language component is the driving force behind Picture of the Week.
Picture of the Week uses:
• Explicit, systematic writing instruction
• Development of oral language to support writing
• Emphasis on vocabulary acquisition
This product includes:
• Implementation Guide
• 25 Picture of the Week photos specifically chosen with one scene containing multiple subjects and actions to elicit vocabulary, oral language and writing skills.
• 50 Graphic Organizers promoting vocabulary acquisition, making observations, making inferences and describing
• 25 Discussion Cards with Blooms Taxonomy Questions designed to promote academic conversations
• Writing Graphic Organizer based on Step-Up-To-Writing Strategies
• Publishing Paper
• Writing Checklist
Common Core Aligned:
• Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
• Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
• Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
Also, aligned to Arizona’s English Language Proficiency Standards.