Hello! I have had only three ELL students in six years (our school has a low ELL population of perhaps 40 out of 800 students), yet these are a few ideas I have used that have proven effective:
I have always written out lists of words that pertain to specific topics. For example, I have written out lists of food-related words, and in September, my students look up home improvement-related words using architecture magazines. Besides that, I utilize the thesaurus a lot; my students are always looking up words to use instead of words like "said" (though that is an extremely small aspect of our writing curriculum). Another resource I have used is pictures because students can get so many creative ideas in their minds by looking at them. I have used pictures from World War II, of beads, people, objects and colorful patterns. Pictures are universal and can enhance any ELL writing curriculum!
Hopefully I shared good ideas; I will try to think of more as I write future posts this year.
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