Webinar: Supporting English Learners Through Scaffolds

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From Familiar to Unfamiliar: Pre-reading Scaffolds That Connect Students From What They Know to What They Don't Know Yet

May 9 , 2016

Presenter: Tim Blackburn

Pre-reading tasks provide scaffolded supports for English learner students to negotiate the content, analytical practices, and language demands of their discipline. Pre-reading tasks create the space for students to dig into their prior knowledge and bridge their personal experience and language to build new understandings. The act of bridging helps our students to create the context for new information, while also providing the imagery to anchor new language.

The purpose of this webinar is to describe and discuss strategies for supporting English learner students before they read grade-appropriate texts. We will explore effective practices that scaffold students’ development and autonomy as learners.

Participants will:

  • Analyze and interpret significant shifts in teaching and learning for English learners
  • Connect to effective instructional strategies that prepare students for the language, content, and analytical practices they will encounter in grade-appropriate texts

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Apprenticing in Complex Text: Building Student Autonomy Into Grade-Level Text

May 16, 2016

Presenter: Tim Blackburn

How do we support our English Learners as they negotiate complex text? Which scaffolds support our students as they read? During-reading strategies help coach analytical reading and provide scaffolded support in grade-appropriate texts. Through these activities, students practice analysis as they read with purpose—exercising the myriad skills associated with close reading. These scaffolds are especially helpful for providing evidence for writing tasks. Additionally, during-reading tasks provide formative evidence for teachers to understand how well their students are accessing their text.

This webinar will describe how teachers can build student autonomy in reading complex texts and will present a variety of flexible class structures and scaffolds designed to support English learners as they make meaning of complex text.

Participants will:

  • Analyze and interpret significant shifts in teaching and learning for English learners
  • Connect to effective class structures and scaffolds designed to support English learner students as they negotiate complex text

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Abundancy and Redundancy: Crafting Invitations That Weave Academic Language, Class Content, and Analytical Practices

May 26, 2016

Presenter: Tim Blackburn

How do we create opportunities for students to discuss and make sense of what they read? How do we craft opportunities for students to purposefully re-engage their texts? Once students have read a text once, it’s good practice to offer students another opportunity to approach the same text with a particular analytical purpose. Post-reading scaffolds provide a frame for re-engaging text while simultaneously building student autonomy in analytical practices, content, and language of the discipline. This step is critical as these opportunities reveal much about the kinds of future supports our students might require down the road. Post-reading tasks push students to synthesize their understanding of language, analytical practices, and class content.

This webinar will describe how teachers can create invitations for students to re-engage their texts with purpose. Post-reading tasks support students as they apprentice in disciplinary language, literacy, and content. We will model high-leverage post-read tasks that create the space for re-engaging their texts with purpose, while simultaneously scaffolding the productive language your students need to express what they know.

Participants will:

  • Analyze and interpret significant shifts in teaching and learning for English learners
  • Connect to effective class structures and scaffolds designed to extend language development opportunities through class content

View Abundancy and Redundancy webinar video.