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