ELL: Instructional Uses

Encourage and support English Language Learners exposure to text through background knowledge, vocabulary development, and discussion models1.


Share authentic depictions of the experiences of authors and illustrators, allowing students to see themselves in professionals' accounts.

  • Listen as Rukhsana Khan shares the inspiration and cultural influence for King for a Day.
  • Reflect on opportunities to "...handle words and images in an interesting way" in daily language by reading this in-depth written interview with Gary Soto.

Build background knowledge and preteach using author movies and book readings.

  • Provide students with insight into the complexity of Rosa la Bayamesa's and Cuba's struggle through a decades-long war by sharing Margarita Engle's Meet-the-Author book reading.

Create a language-rich environment using paired texts to provide additional context for new information.

Extend understanding and provide perspective and information with Meet-the-Author book readings:


Develop vocabulary and teach academic language with vocabulary resources for the books you teach.


1. Referenced from TESOL International Association Advancing Excellence in English Language Teaching. TESOL Global Partners. (n.d.). Retrieved February 22, 2017, from http://www.tesol.org/.

Referenced from WIDA.us. DOWNLOADS & PRODUCTS CAN DOs. (n.d.). Retrieved February 22, 2017, from https://www.wida.us/standards/CAN_DOs/.

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