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Unit 3: Supporting Student Comprehension of Informational Text

3.1.5 Close Reading for English Learners

In Lily Wong Fillmore and Charles Fillmore’s article, “Understanding Language: What Does Text Complexity Mean for English Learners and Language Minority Students,"15 minutes spent discussing the language in just one sentence each day can have a great effect (for students). Their article models the types of language supports English learners need to better understand a text like Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

Time to Reflect

Read the article “Understanding Language: What Does Text Complexity Mean for English Learners and Language Minority Students,” and reflect on your instructional strategies to assist English learners in achieving a higher level of understanding complex text.

 

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