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Writing Instruction for English Learners

Writing Instruction for English Learners
A Focus on Genre

December 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
Teachers are looking for tested means of helping English Language Learners improve their writing, spoken English, and academic vocabulary. Because writing involves high leveláacademic vocabulary and thinking skills, many teachers focus on reading comprehension rather than writing. Mora-Flores has developed a planning method for writing that fits within any language arts program. Her method shows how writing can be taught successfully to ELLs so that they meet or exceed writing standards.This book will provide an overview of four writing genres--narrative, expository, persuasive, and poetry--and how best to teach them to English Language Learners. Within each genre, sub genres will be presented that are a part of the IRA standards. The author will show teachers how to break down each genre in order to help ELLs better understand the structure of the genre and improve their writing in that genre.
About the Authors
1. Writing Instruction for English Learners
Process Versus Product

Writing Process

The Role of Talk

Developing Written English


2. Narrative Writing
Understanding Narrative Writing

Narrative Essays

Narrative Genres

Making it Public


Resources for Teaching Narrative Writing

3. Expository Writing
Understanding Expository Writing

Expository Essays

Expository Genres

Making it Public


Resources for Teaching Expository Writing

4. Persuasive Writing
Understanding Persuasive Writing

Persuasive Essays

Persuasive Genres

Making it Public


Resources for Teaching Persuasive Writing

5. Poetry
Understanding Poetry

Poetic Forms

Making it Public


Resources for Teaching Poetry

Concluding Thoughts

"I felt as if I had taken an entire writing course just by reading this book."

Rachel A. Mederios, ELL Teacher/Program Supervisor
Jefferson Elementary School, Boise, ID

"It is all too easy to skip steps or assume that students already have certain skills. This book helps ensure that the proper steps are taken to allow EL students to be successful in various genres of writing."

James Becker, ELL Teacher/Administrator
Toronto, ON, Canada

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ISBN: 9781412957298