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English language learners thrive on visuals. The more language associated with pictures... the better! In this blog picture, the students are standing in front of an illustrated chart about the Pilgrims coming to America. As I tell the story, I draw pictures to go along with the words. When the students have had multiple opportunities to hear the story, I have them work in pairs to retell the story to their peers. Initially, I have a good English model matched up with an English language learner for language reinforcement. In addition, I extend the activity and the students draw their own version of the story. Not only do the students learn essential vocabulary but their fluency increases as well. I generally use this process as an introduction to a standard that I am teaching.
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