English Language Learners is on the increase in Colorado.  According to the Denver Post, the number of ELL students has grown 260% in the last 10 years.  The report goes on to state “more than 86,500 Colorado students are classified as non-English speakers or having limited fluency — making up 10 percent of the state’s enrollment.”   Depending upon your region of the State,  ELL students could make up a significant number of the student population, or a relatively low one.   What is important, however, is not necessarily how many ELL students are in the State or how many you may have in your School District, but rather what is the best way to educate English Language Learners.


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English Language Learners Recommended Resources

The Making Meaning program is a classroom-tested K–8 reading curriculum that combines the latest comprehension research with support for students’ social and ethical development.

The program uses nonfiction and fiction read-aloud books to teach students nine different comprehension strategies while they learn to read and think at a high level. Making Meaning’s unique dual academic and social focus encourages students to work together, appreciate others’ ideas, disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning and behavior.

How Making Meaning Will Help You Teach to the Common Core

ELL Recomended Resources - Making MeaningThe Making Meaning program fully addresses the Common Core State Standards. The Standards expect students to:

  • Read a wide variety of high-quality, increasingly complex texts across disciplines and genres
  • Read for key ideas, details, craft, and structure, and integrate knowledge and ideas
  • Synthesize, evaluate, and conduct comparative textual analysis
  • Refer to texts in increasingly complex ways and cite textual evidence to support their thinking
  • Be productive members of conversations that require them to engage in provocative talk about texts with their teacher and peers

The Making Meaning program provides:

  • 18–29 selected read-aloud trade books and additional varied texts
  • An explicit focus on social development
  • Rigorous lessons developed intentionally to build consistency within and across units and grade levels
  • Opportunities for teachers to confer with students and probe for evidence in the text to support their thinking
  • Challenges to read closely and critically, weigh evidence, form opinions, and develop habits of mind
  • Chances for students to read, reread, and reflect on their understanding of a variety of complex reading materials and on the strategies used in the texts


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