Happy 4 day Weekend Teachers of Emergent Bilinguals! Since my first post of the school year, I’ve taken you through the planning process – thinking about themes, topics and objectives, a scope and sequence, and assessments, and classroom routines for foundational literacy. Now it’s time to lesson plan for language and literacy!
Think of your week as an arc that moves your students from oral to written language.
Period 1 Build Oral Language and Vocabulary
This is a “language day”. We introduce our topic, teach vocabulary, model spoken language, and have students practice listening and speaking. We can also show videos and do listening comprehension questions. For older students, however, it’s important to treat them as mature learners and incorporate some sort of writing task if they’re able, like including a sentence task with the help of a frame or a stem and a vocabulary word bank.