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  • 1. Using verse and song to support ELL students   MOTHER GOOSE et al.
  • 2. Nursery rhymes, poetry and songs can help ELL students' literacy development.
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  • 3. Why is this important for ELL students?
    • It helps ELL students acquire language and grammar skills in a nonthreatening way.
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    • It makes learning fun and more meaningful while adding new vocabulary words.
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    • All language levels can be included in a nonthreatening way decreasing the affective filter.
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    • It provides authentic language providing multiple opportunities for repetition.
  • 4. What could this look like?
    • Using the song and rhyme such as "Three Blind Mice."
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    • Write the words on a chart using different colors for words you want to emphasize.
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    • Model the song with your voice or accompanying music while pointing to the words.
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    • Go over the vocabulary.
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    • Have students act out vocabulary to show understanding.
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    • Repeat the song again inviting students to join in as they feel comfortable.
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    • Continue practicing during the week and ask students to point to the words.
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    • Display the chart in the classroom for independent reading.
  • 6. More ideas using nursery rhymes and poetry.
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    • Consider copying the text of songs and poems into books for your students to use in their reading book boxes.
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    • Allow space for students' illustrations.
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    • Use for shared readings, partner readings or performing for their class.
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    • Use it to teach rhyming words and high frequency words, consonant clusters etc..by having students highlight what you are teaching.
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  • 7. I'm a Little Teapot.....
    • Adding motions and using realia will encourage ELL's to make connections and reinforce learning.
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  • 8. Use familiar songs to teach content.
    • Familiar tunes such at "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or the "Alphabet Song" can easily be adapted to teach concepts, vocabulary or parts of speech.
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    • Encourage student groups to write their own lyrics for content or even singing the classroom rules.
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  • 9. Practical suggestions
    • Create and save your charts.
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    • Consider laminating your charts and file when no longer needed.
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    • Uitlize your volunteers to write them out.
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    • Collaborate with your team for ideas and creativity.
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    • Have a celebration and review old and new charts.
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  • 10. Use verse or song everyday!
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    •   References
    • Opitz, Michael F. 2009. Comprehension and English Language Learners:  25 Oral Reading Strategies That Cross Proficiency Levels. Portsmouth, NH. Heinemann .
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