Modifying Worksheets, Study Materials, Essays and Tests for ell students



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Modifying Worksheets, Study Materials, Essays and Tests for ELL Students

  • by Christine Scheid

WORKSHEETS

  • WORKSHEETS
  • Highlight Options
  • Underline clues
  • WORKSHEETS
  • Eliminate choices
  • WORKSHEETS
  • Shorten length
  • WORKSHEETS
  • Use chapter questions or comprehension check questions from teacher’s manual

STUDY MATERIALS

  • Use books on tape and recordings that accompany content reading

STUDY MATERIALS

  • Who can do this?
  • Students
  • Volunteers
  • Family members

STUDY MATERIALS

  • How is it done?

STUDY MATERIALS

  • Visit this site:
  • www.littleexplorers.com
  • Dictionary quizzes
  • Graphic organizers
  • Vocabulary maps
  • Alternative worksheets

TESTS

  • Give tests orally
    • Arrange for a bilingual student/parent to interpret oral test

TESTS

  • TESTS
  • Simplify the language you use in the directions and test questions.
  • TESTS
  • Offer writing prompts or cloze versions of essays.
  • TESTS
  • Encourage use of the index and pictures in the book.
  • Put page #s next to the question.
  • TESTS
  • Test/grade only the specific skill or concept – don’t test language

TESTS

  • It’s not a crime to…
    • Give clues.
    • Recast the question to allow for multiple choice or yes/no answers.
    • Divide word bank portions into 2 smaller sections.
    • Tailor the test to your student’s acquisition level.

Helpful Websites for Vocabulary

  • www.Googleimage.com
  • www.unitedstreaming.com
  • www.littleexplorers.com
  • http://www.vocabularya-z.com/
  • Has a vocabulary lesson generator. Sign up for a free trial month.
  • http://www.internet4classrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm
  • Many useful interactive websites for different skills by grade level.
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  • http://www.vocabulary.com
  • http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/maggie_science.htm
  • Has games labeling science vocabulary. 
  •  
  • http://www.brainpop.com
  • This site features comic videos explaining different topics.   

Useful Resources

  • The More-Than-Just-Surviving Handbook: ESL for Every Classroom Teacher, Barbara Law and Mary Eckes.
  • Meeting the Needs of Second Language Learners: An Educator’s Guide, Judith Lessow-Hurley.
  • Reading, Writing, and Learning in ESL: A Resource book for K-12 Teachers, Suzanne F. Peregoy and Owen F. Boyle.
  • Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners, Jane D. Hill and Kathleen M. Flynn.
  • “What Can You Do to Help the ELL in Your Classroom? Effective Classroom Strategies,” handbook compiled by Melissa Moe, CESA #11.


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