1st Edition

Words Came Down! English Language Learners Read, Write, and Talk Across the Curriculum, K-2

By Emelie Parker, Tess Pardini Copyright 2006

    As teachers everywhere find more and more students with limited English in their classes, many are asking: How can I include ELL students in every aspect of the day? The Words Came Down!: English Language Learners Read, Write, and Talk Across the Curriculum, K-2 oral language is emphasized in a continuum from teacher modeling and demonstration to situations in which student-to-student communication is essential. The authors show that when children's attempts at communicating are accepted and celebrated, they will learn to communicate with each other comfortably and spontaneously whether on the playground or working on a science experiment. Beginning with designing a classroom that welcomes students and creates appropriate conditions for learning, Emelie Parker and Tess Pardini go on to detail a workshop format for reading, writing and content-area studies. The workshop structure allows teachers to differentiate instruction to include all students, and affords students ample opportunities to collaborate with others as they learn to speak, read, write, and comprehend while also engaging in active learning of the curriculum. The authors provide numerous examples of ways that teachers can become proficient in knowing each child and orchestrating instruction to meet individual needs. In addition, this helpful guide offers a variety of approaches to assessment, and demonstrates the importance of engaging families as partners in learning English and content.

    Foundations; 1: Our School; 2: Building Community; 3: Workshop; Workshops; 4: Writing Workshop; 5: Reading Workshop; 6: Social Studies Workshop; 7: Math Workshop; 8: Science Workshop


    Emelie Parker and Tess Pardini are both National Board Certified Teachers, working at Bailey’s Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia. Each of them has over twenty years’ experience working with English language learners. Emelie and her kindergarten students are featured in the video In the Beginning: Young Writers Develop Independence (Stenhouse 2004) with JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher. Currently Emelie supports students and classroom teachers as a math resource specialist and Tess works as a Reading Recovery teacher and Language Arts resource specialist.