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Can you recommend short nonfiction books for ELL?

Jan 27, 2013 5:35pm

  • English Language Arts
  • 9-12
  • Differentiation / Engagement


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    • Feb 2, 2013 5:59pm

      I'm a literacy tutor in Palm Beach County Last year I was working with a 50-year old Black man who had been warehoused through the New Orleans school district. I was having difficulty getting him to read until I learned a valuable lesson while watching a Travis Smiley program. He was visiting schools throughout the nation which were successful in keeping young Black kids from dropping out. At one school the principal told him the way to get kids to read is to give them books they can relate to... he mentioned an award-winning author who has published a series of books that is very popular with Black teenagers. Before meeting with my student I asked the librarian to show me where those books were ..there weren't many left on the shelf. My student read them with enthusiasm. I believe using this as a guiding principle you can get your students to want to read. Fortunately there's a wealth of books to choose from, written by authors of many nationalities.

      • Feb 12, 2013 5:11pm

        I love the DK Readers series. The topics are engaging and interesting, and there are numerous text features to support all learners. Finally, you can find DK Readers at a range of reading levels.

        • Feb 12, 2013 8:07pm

          Thanks Madeline. I'll look into those.