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Student friendly examples of cause and effect using target language (therefore, as a result, consequently, for this reason). Includes practice sentences, example paragraph, and a graphic organizer.
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Students use the word bank to fill in the energy pyramid and then write descriptive sentences that sequence the levels of the pyramid. Key academic vocabulary: initially, next, subsequently, consequently, ultimately
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This is a guide to a fishbowl discussion on environmental justice. It is meant to be paired with articles on different environmental issues that affect people of color such as ones found on Newsela. The document includes preparation questions for
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Students will first draw images to represent each of the body systems and describe the function of that system. Then they will read the example paragraph, and finally write their own paragraphs to describe the body system interactions in each of the
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Students select an article of their choice (not included in this resource) and fill out this handout while they read it. It works on the reading strategies of previewing, accessing prior knowledge, tracking your thinking, and main idea/details. Then
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These pages include a list of academic transitions, elevated verb choices, an editing checklist, tracking your thinking symbols/sentence stems, and space to record academic vocabulary and word parts.
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This graphic organizer includes academic transition words in the arrows (consequently, therefore, for this reason, as a result). They should read an article (not included in this resource) and then identify 4 examples of cause and effect. On the
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This is a graphic organizer that is useful with articles such as those from Newsela. It also includes student friendly definitions of "main idea" and "details."
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This is a scaffolded writing resource to help students use academic language when they are comparing and contrasting. It relates to the science content of elements vs. compounds but could be adapted to any topic. It includes: example sentences,
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Students will read an article on their dream job, write about what they found out, and then share with a peer.
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This document gives tips to make it easier for students to paraphrase a text. Then they will practice on a short text that you insert.
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This is a sample paragraph on the topic of how students can be successful. It is a good example for them to practice identifying the topic sentence, transitions, and a conclusion sentence.
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This sample paragraph is about the advantages and disadvantages of year-round schooling. It demonstrates the structure of an academic paragraph as well as the academic language that students should use in their own writing.
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6th, 7th, 8th
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This is a script of a dialogue that is about a fun topic (cereal) but uses high level academic discussion language (evidence, opposing viewpoint, contradictory evidence, etc.). It is meant for a teacher and student to perform in front of the class
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This includes all of the words that students can use to lengthen their sentences and make them compound or complex.
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These posters contain common academic transitions and are organized by language function (sequencing, compare/contrast, cause/effect, etc.) They are a great tool to hang up in the classroom for English learners.
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This is a scaffolded writing assignment that includes example paragraphs, pre-writing, a word bank, an editing checklist, peer review, and a self-assessment. It is a great tool for teaching English learners about the writing process and the
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This is an exercise that accompanies any vocabulary list (not included in this resource). Students are asked to use the vocabulary words to write compound and complex sentences and finally write a creative short story.
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