ELL Content Picture Packs are designed to effectively and efficiently help your English language learners develop
vocabulary, language, and critical thinking skills. The research-based lessons incorporate strategies for
differentiating language development in the areas of writing, speaking, and grammar. These comprehensive
resources have been developed and organized by grade range and content area to correlate to WIDA, TESOL, and
Common Core State Standards.
Designed for teachers who are instructors of English language learners (ELLs), ELL Content Picture
Packs provide content and research-based materials.
Each Lesson focuses on five skills (vocabulary, writing, speaking, grammar, and critical
thinking) within the content areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and basic social
and instructional language.
The packs' instructional strategies enable teachers to differentiate their instructions to teach K-8
ELLs of all language proficiency levels.
Each pack features a two-page lesson plan that is accompanied by four projectable visuals as well as
vocabulary and comparison charts. Together, these materials provide a foundation for scaffolding
language development and critical thinking activities.
The two-page lesson plan serves as four lessons in one package, as it provides as an instructional
model that can be used repeatedly with each of the four included visuals.
To support classroom and time management, each lesson is organized into a series of thoughtfully
timed steps, which are clearly illustrated by clock icons.
Lesson Sequence (to use with first picture projectable)
Step 1: Building Background
Introduce the topic and have students generate vocabulary about the image.
Step: 2 Classify Vocabulary
Guide students in sorting and classifying the words generated about the picture as well as orally
explaining theirs decisions with differentiated dialogue frames.
Step 3: Shared Writing and Grammar
Guide students in practicing a specific grammatical structure by writing sentences together.
Step 4: Independent Writing
Have students complete one of the three differentiated writing activities.
Step 5: Critical Thinking Discussion
Guide students in discussing their writing and the image with differentiated dialogue frames.
The ELL Content Picture Packs lessons include strategies for differentiating instruction for students
at varying language proficiency levels. These strategies are included for speaking and writing
activities in the following steps of the lesson:
Step 2: Classify Vocabulary
Dialogue frames are included to enable all students to orally classify information and to encourage
speaking in complete sentences. The dialogue frames are differentiated by language proficiency level
(Levels 1-2, Levels 3-4, and Level 5). Levels 1 and 2 are combined to encourage beginning language
learners to stretch their speaking abilities.
Differentiated writing activities are included to provide all students with the ability to write at
their language proficiency level (Levels 1, Levels 2-3, and Levels 4-5). Given that truly emerging
language learners have specific needs, Level 1 students are given a separate task.
Dialogue frames are included to enable all students to orally make connections and inferences. The
frames are differentiated by language proficiency level (Levels 1-2, Levels 3-4, and Level 5).
Levels 1 and 2 are combined to encourage beginning language learners to stretch their speaking
Differentiated sentence starters are included to provide all students with the ability to make
comparisons in writing at their language proficiency level (Level 1, Levels 2-3, and Levels 4-5).
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