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99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with the SIOP Model / Edition 1

99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with the SIOP Model / Edition 1

by MaryEllen Vogt, Jana Echevarria
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The Perfect Companion to Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model!!!

This long-awaited new book by acclaimed authors MaryEllen Vogt and Jana Echevarria offers research-based, SIOP®-tested techniques for lessons that include the eight SIOP® components. The 99 ideas and activities in this book include a few familiar techniques that have been shown to be especially effective for ELLs, as well as many new ideas for SIOP® teachers. All promote student-to-student and teacher-to-student interaction and involvement proven to be so necessary for English language acquisition and content development. This book is surely to become an indispensable resource for teachers of English learners.

Overwhelming response from reviewers!

“[T]he strategies in [the book] are useful for any classroom teacher. It supports everything teachers learn in SIOP in a concrete, easy-to-follow format. While obviously it would be best to use in conjunction with the SIOP model, some of the strategies could also be used in isolation to improve teaching practice as well. Teachers are always looking for ways to “beef up” their classroom instruction—this book gives them what they want!”

—Karen Fichter, Zebulon GT Magnet Middle School, NC

“This book would help to answer so many of the questions that teachers have about how to enhance their teaching. This textbook would be a welcome addition to our program and would be one of those books that teachers would keep and use for a long time after they complete their graduate course work.”

—Julia S. Austin, University of Alabama at Birmingham

What makes 99 Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with the SIOP® Model a must-have?

  • Offers step-by-step directions and examples of content and language objectives for all ideas and activities.
  • Provides use-tomorrow ideas and activities for implementing the eight components of the SIOP® Model.
  • Includes 12 sample lesson plans that illustrate how a particular activity can be effective for ALL students, and all of these sample lessons are adapted for both elementary and secondary students.
  • Features classroom-ready content and language objectives for all relevant activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205521067
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 03/29/2007
Series: SIOP Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 66,285
Product dimensions: 11.18(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Deborah J. Short is a professional development consultant and a senior research associate at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC. She co-developed the SIOP® Model for sheltered instruction and has directed national research studies on English language learn-ers funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the U.S. Dept. of Education. She recently chaired an expert panel on adolescent ELL literacy. As the director of Academic Language Research & Training, Dr. Short provides professional development on sheltered instruction and academic literacy around the U.S. and abroad. She has numerous publications, including the SIOP® book series and five ESL textbook series for National Geographic/Hampton-Brown. She has taught English as a second/foreign language in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jana Echevarría is a Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach. She has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools in general education, special education, ESL, and bilingual programs. She has lived in Taiwan, Spain and Mexico. An internationally known expert on second language learners, Dr. Echevarría is a Fulbright Specialist. Her research and publications focus on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator with the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). In 2005, Dr. Echevarría was selected as Outstanding Professor at CSULB.

MaryEllen Vogt, Ed.D., is Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. MaryEllen has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, special education specialist, curriculum coordinator, and university teacher educator. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a co-author of fifteen books, including Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World (3rd ed., 2011) and the SIOP® book series. Her research interests include improving comprehension in the content areas, teacher change and development, and content literacy and language acquisition for English learners. She was inducted into the California Reading Hall of Fame, received her university’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and served as President of the International Reading Association in 2004–2005.

Table of Contents


Criteria for Selecting the Ideas and Activities

About This Book

Purpose of Ideas and Activities

Content and Language Objectives

Lesson Plans


A Guide to Using This Book



Overview of Preparation Component

Ideas and Activities for Enhancing Lesson Preparation

Teacher Collaboration using the SIOP Protocol

Differentiated Instruction

Enlarged, Adapted Text

Alternate Materials

Success through Scaffolding

Task Analysis or Backwards Planning

SIOP Planning Flow Chart

Lesson Plan Format


Overview of Building Background Component

Ideas and Activities for Building Background

Realia, Photos, and Illustrations

KWL Chart

Pretest with a Partner

Backwards Book Walk

Go to Your Corner

The Insert Method

Student Journals

Personal Dictionaries

Signal Words

4 Corners Vocabulary

Identifying and Using Cognates to Teach English Vocabulary

Surprise Book

Lesson Plan: Elementary

Lesson Plan: Secondary


Overview of Comprehensible Input Component

Ideas and Activities for Providing Comprehensible Input

Identifying Levels of Second Language Acquisition

Move It!

Vocabulary Cards and Flip Books

Homographs, Homophones, and Synonyms.

Idiom Match-Up

Taped Texts for Scaffolding

Every Student Gets a Chance

Framed Outlines

Lesson Plan: Elementary

Lesson Plan: Secondary


Overview of Strategies Component

Ideas and Activities for Developing Strategies

Directed Reading-Thinking Activity (DR-TA)

SQP2RS (Squeepers)

Questioning Prompts for Different levels of Language Acquisition

Canned Questions

Question-Answer Relationships (QAR)

Anticipation/Reaction Guide

Progressive Maps

T-Chart Graphic Organizer

Split Page Note-taking

Stop and Think

You Are the Teacher!

Value Line

Adapted Venn Diagram

Lesson Plan: Elementary

Lesson Plan: Secondary


Overview of Interaction Component

Ideas and Activities for Promoting Interaction

Is It Complete?

Dinner Party

Group Response with a White Board

Reader-Writer-Speaker Response Triads

Inside Outside Circle

Find Your Match

Jigsaw What You Know

Gallery Walk

Take a Stand

Frozen Moment

You Are There

Great Performances

Role Playing


Lesson Plan: Elementary

Lesson Plan: Secondary


Overview of Practice and Application Component

Ideas and Activities for Providing Practice and Application


Are You Sleeping?

Poetry and Patterns

Go Graphic for Expository Texts

Main Idea Chart

Cause and Effect Chart

Compare/Contrast Chart

Sequence or Chronological Chart

Problem - Solution Chart

Description Chart

Plot Chart/Short Story Flow Chart

The Frame-Up

Piece O’ Pizza

Virginia Reel

Numbered Heads Together


Lesson Plan: Elementary

Lesson Plan: Secondary


SIOP Features of Lesson Delivery

Overview of Lesson Delivery Component

Ideas and Activities for Effective Lesson Delivery

Heading into Questions

Chunk and Chew

Magic Buttons

Procedural Knowledge

Response Cards

Secret Answer

Take Your Corners

What Do You Know?

Stop That Video


Overview of Review and Assessment Component

Ideas and Activities for Review and Assessment

Simultaneous Round Table

Find Someone Who

Numbered Heads Together with a Review Sheet

Sign in, Please

Response Boards

Find the Fib

Elementary Lesson Plan

Secondary Lesson Plan

Selected References

Appendix A: The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol

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