1st Edition

Teaching ELLs to Read Strategies to Meet the Common Core, K-5

By Paul Boyd-Batstone Copyright 2015
    176 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this essential book from ELL-expert Paul Boyd-Batstone, you’ll find out how to teach reading while keeping in mind the unique needs of English language learners. You’ll learn best practices and differentiated strategies for each domain of the Common Core Foundational Reading Skills, including print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency.

    Topics covered include:

    • Ideas for using contextual support to help ELLs climb the staircase of complexity;
    • How to teach print concepts, such as noting word separation and using punctuation;
    • Strategies for teaching phonological awareness, including distinguishing vowel sounds and blending sounds;
    • Ways to teach phonics and word recognition using informational and literary texts; and
    • Exemplary ideas for teaching fluency, such as through poetry, drama, and digital media.

    The book is filled with ready-to-use activities and complete lesson plans that address selected CCSS performance tasks at each grade level. These lesson plans demonstrate how to differentiate instruction based on your ELLs’ reading level. The book also includes performance-level descriptors, rubrics, and templates, available for free download from our website at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138017696.

    Meet the Author

    1 Introduction: Teaching English Language Learners to Read

    2 Connecting Foundational Skills, ELLs, and Standard 10: Range, Quality, and Complexity in Context

    3 Common Core Foundational Skills in Reading and English language learners

    4 Print Concepts: Kindergarten- Grade 1

    5 Phonological Awareness: Kindergarten-Grade 1

    6 Phonics and Word Recognition: Kindergarten-Grade 5

    7 Fluency: Kindergarten-Grade 5

    8 Lesson Planning for ELLs: Common Core/Differentiated Instruction/Assessment

    9 Differentiated Lesson Plans, K-5


    Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D. is a professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Long Beach. He is editor of the California Reader, the practitioner journal for the California Reading Association.

    Dr. Boyd-Batstone is also author of Helping English Language Learners Meet the Common Core: Assessment and Instructional Strategies, K-12  (Routledge, 2013).

    "Written in a conversational tone, this book is highly engaging and will appeal to classroom teachers, literacy coaches, ELL specialists, and administrators. It is a definitive piece for anyone who seeks to improve their practice using differentiated strategies in each domain of the Common Core Foundational Reading Skills. Distinguished leaders in education, including Dr. Timothy Shanahan, Chair of the National Literacy Panel, and Dr. Joyce Nutta, University of Central Florida, endorse this book. As a literacy consultant who specializes in integrating CCSS with best practices, Teaching ELLs to Read: Strategies to Meet the Common Core, K-5, is now on my required reading list for the teachers and administrators I work with. Once again, Dr. Paul Boyd-Batstone delivers a pivotal book on how to prepare our ELLs for success in the classroom and beyond. A must read."

    --Dr. Stacy A. Griffin, The California Reader

    "Teachers often ask how to teach the Common Core State Standards to English language learners. Here, ELL-expert Paul Boyd-Batstone explains how to teach the foundational reading skills (e.g., phonological awareness, phonics, fluency) to English learners and offers scads of practical advice and useful lesson plans and resources for implementing such instruction successfully." 

    --Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago

    "Finally, a book that answers the question--What exactly is different about teaching English learners to read? Full of clear, step-by-step directions that work in all types of classrooms, Teaching ELLs to Read shows teachers the hows and whys of differentiating for English learners. Written in an engaging style that feels like a conversation with one of the most accomplished professionals in the field of English language learner education, every chapter offers standards-based activities for English language learners at different levels of proficiency. The book's examples are practical and immediately useful. This book should be part of every elementary teacher's professional library!"

    --Joyce Nutta, PhD, Professor of World Languages Education at the University of Central Florida

    "Meeting the needs of current and future teachers, this timely book makes explicit what it takes to effectively teach reading to English language learners in the K-5 classrooms taking into account the new and important shifts brought on by the Common Core State Standards. The book is written in an accessible style and tone that speaks directly to new and veteran teachers and other professionals who work with English learners in K-5 classrooms. As you discover how to integrate expected Common Core performance tasks in your teaching, you will find a wealth of resources including well-established ideas that work, practical classroom activities, and ready-to-use lessons."

    --Kouider Mokhtari, Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Chair, The University of Texas at Tyler

    "With the rapid influx of ELLs in this country, teachers are hungry for practical resources to address the challenges of the Common Core State Standards for this population. In this book, Paul Boyd-Batstone explores ways to use contextual support to help ELLs climb the staircase of text complexity. Teaching ELLs to Read is researched-based yet written in a conversational style that makes it accessible to busy teachers and administrators who want concrete examples of instructional strategies and lesson plans."

    --Jeanette Hodges, National Literacy Consultant