PRIMARY WRITING - LANGUAGE CONVENTIONS ELEMENT
Choose words that convey specific meaning and add interest to the writing.
LANGUAGE CONVENTIONS DESCRIPTOR – STEP 4
Choose expressive and subject-specific vocabulary to write in a variety of forms.
STRUCTURES THAT SUPPORT THIS PRACTICE
  • Gradual release of responsibility
  • 100 minute Literacy block
  • 3 part lessons
  • Highly visual classroom environment
  • Flexible groupings
  • Multiple opportunities with various text forms
  • Learning goals/success criteria have visual components
  • Descriptive and timely feedback structures to support for and as learning
  • Sensory support for every lesson
  • Explicit teaching of expressive language
  • Accountable talk
  • Think alouds
  • Begin to insist on increasingly correct and precise language
TOOLS
  • Personal dictionary/vocabulary notebook, organized by theme, with relevant words supported with visuals
  • Use of cloze technique with visual support in content areas
  • Use sentence starters and sentence frames
  • Availability of dual language books
  • Word walls to include word lists and phrases relevant to specific concepts (include examples of the words in context)
  • Continue to build subject-specific vocabulary
  • Use of graphic organizers (e.g. Frayer Model, ABC chart)
  • Technology: Apps: Bookcreator, Scribjab, Aurasma, Educreations, Explaineverything
  • Technology: Hardware: Computer, SMARTboard, notebooks, tablets, microphone
  • Technology: Software: Photostory, Storybook Weaver, Kidspiration, Paint, Powerpoint, Kidpix, Clicker 5, Comic Life, Bit Strips for schools
  • Technology: Websites: SMARTexchange, Prezi, XMind, Flipsnack, Ontario Education Resource Bank, MES-english.com, ESLgold.com
  • Google translate, virtual keyboard, IMtranslator.net

VIDEO CLIPS
POLICY DOCUMENT CONNECTIONS
Supporting English Language Learners Practical Guide Grades 1-8 (2008) p.57

Many Roots, Many Voices: Supporting English Language Learners in all classrooms (2005)

Growing Success pp.76-78