Common Core & ELLs: Lesson Plans
Colorin Colorado has published three English language arts (ELA) units that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and target English language learners’ (ELLs) literacy and language needs. These units for grades 1, 4, and 8 were developed by a group of teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico, working in collaboration with the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and Dr. Diane August, an expert in instruction with ELLs. Each grade-level unit is based on one book or text, and it includes several lessons (from five to seven) as well as supplemental activities. For example, the grade 4 unit is based on the book Cinderella and has five lessons, with supplemental materials on vocabulary. The units include an introduction to the unit, a detailed Teacher’s Guide, and Student Charts (i.e., handouts).