August 28, 2021

ELLs & The Language Strand - Common Core

The Language Strand of the Common Core Standards
English Language Learners

Hi everyone,
We are off and running with a brand new school year.  As we head back to school we are all looking for fun and fresh ideas for the new year.  With this in mind, don't forget to review the Language Domain of the Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) standards?  This great domain elevates the importance of English grammar, conventions, vocabulary in the classroom.  

It is essential for classroom and ESL teachers to understand this important strand.

As you know, the strands or domains of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts include:

o  Reading Foundational Skills

o Reading

o  Literature

o  Informational Text

o  Writing

o  Language

o  Speaking and Listening

Let’s take a closer look at this important language domain.  The broad Language standards for K-5 are comprised of 3 subcategories:  

1.    Conventions of Standard English

2.    Knowledge of Language

3.    Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Furthermore, each grade level has specific standards under these three categories, which are hierarchical in nature. These standards define what a student should know or be able to do at the end of each grade level.  

Here is a glimpse of the Language skills that I found of particular interest in each subcategory.  Many of these require continued attention over grade levels.

๐Ÿ’ฅConventions of Standard English

•    Plurals: Regular and Irregular
•    Nouns:  Possessive Nouns, Collective Nouns, Abstract Nouns
•    Pronouns: Possessive, Indefinite, Reflexive Pronouns
•    Verbs; Past, Present, Future Verbs.  Irregular past tense verbs. Perfect tense verbs
•    Complete Sentences

๐Ÿ’ฅKnowledge of Language

•    Formal and informal uses of English
•    Choosing words and phrases for effect and to convey ideas

๐Ÿ’ฅVocabulary Acquisition and Use

•    Root words, prefixes, and suffixes
•    Connect words to categories
•    Antonyms, synonyms, and homographs
•    Shades of meanings of related words
•    Figurative Language: similes, metaphors, idioms

It is great to see language as one of the domains of the ELA Common Core Standards.  We all know that language is interwoven with speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  Language now has elevated importance in the classroom with this Standard of the ELA Common Core.

Happy Teaching!๐Ÿ’•

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August 27, 2021

5 Essential Things For Back to School!

Hello everyone,

August has arrived and one way or another we will be back to school!  

Here are 5 essential things you gotta do before school starts!

1.) Take a look at your ESL pacing guide for the year.  

Gather the supplies, resources, and materials you will be needing for at least the first month.  Organize your files and your grade book so you have a clear path forward.

Whether in the classroom or distance learning it is time to think about classroom rules and consequences.  

2.)  Make and share the rules you and your students come up with and post them for all to see.  

Once you have created your classroom rules and consequences make sure you are consistent with them.  Think about the consequences and make sure they are something you can live with!

3.)  Assemble your substitute plans.  

It is not too early.  Once you have your sub plans created you won't have to think twice about them until and unless you need them.

4.)  Get your grade book ready.  

Don't wait, this is one of those overlooked things.  Then when you are ready to record your first assignments it becomes a big chore.  Do it now and you will be grateful later.

5.) Get a letter ready for parents and students.  

Make sure that your families know what to expect.  Welcome them to school and talk about your routines and procedures.  Ask for their volunteer help and create a 'team' attitude right from the start of the year.

These 5 things will give you a head start to the school year!

Happy Teaching,

Need an ESL ELD pacing guide?

This one is free!

As many of you know, I am a K-5 ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon.  For many years I did workshops throughout my state for ESL ELD teachers.  Many ELD teachers asked me for a pacing guide so I made this. 


Each month has a combination of ELD units and/or grammar components essential for English learners. Again choose some or all of what I have here. Feel free to mix it up to suit you!


If I have a product that contains all or parts of the language I teach during that month I have listed it. All resource images are clickable links for your convenience. Just click on the image you want to see and it will take you to my TPT store.  I use these products according to language level more than grade level.  Each column represents a language level.  The column has language grammar, forms, and functions I teach for that level.  Under the column heading, I list products I use to teach those language components.  Some of the products may have a grade level on them, but I have used it at that language level based on the language I am teaching students at that level.

๐Ÿ’œEvery classroom is different!

๐Ÿ’œEvery teacher teaches differently, and I tried to create this year-long curriculum map with many different types of classrooms and teachers in mind. 

I know you may need to tweak this to the needs of your students, classroom, and district.


DO IT! Make it work for you. 

For example, March is a testing month for me. If you need to switch months around to meet your testing time, that is just fine. Do what is best for your students in your classroom.

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œThe whole year is planned out for you!


August 8, 2021

Sentence Starters - Language frames work!

Hello everyone!  ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š

  Sentence Frames & Sentence Starters 

Language frames work!

A sentence frame (also called a language frame) is a fantastic teaching tool that offers oral and written language support to English Language Learners (ELLs).  Sentence frames can be used for any subject, ELA, science, history, pullouts (Speech, ELD, and Reading and Math intervention).

Sentence frames or starters should be used as a scaffold, intended to support students in using language that they would not be able to produce on their own.  
 As the language becomes more familiar these scaffolds are gradually removed or replaced with new language the student does not use.  

Sentence frames shift the focus of informal language to higher academic language.

Below is an example of different language frames.  

Classroom teachers or ESL teachers can use.  They are listed by language function with examples at 3 different language levels.

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š Happy Teaching,  ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š

Informal and Formal English and a freebie! ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฟ‍♂️

Informal and Formal English Summer is here, which means the school year is behind us, and rejuvenation time is happening! I know the feeling...