Chapter 9: Teaching Tasir to Write a Persuasive Argument: Language and Literacy in Middle School

Chapter 9 focuses on teaching Language Arts and Literacy to English learners in middle school, focusing on:

  • Comparing Common Core State Standards grade-level expectations for language and literacy in seventh grade to the proficiency of a WIDA Level 5 English learner
    o   Analyzing language samples
  • Research on teaching language and literacy to English learners in middle school
    o   First language influences
    o   Contrasts in first and second language writing
    o   Transfers of literacy skills and strategies
    o   Error correction in writing
  • Seventh grade writing lesson before and after application of the Language Arts Protocol (lesson analysis and adaptations) for WIDA Level 5 English learner
Below we provide additional information on  major topics addressed in or relevant to the content of Chapter 9, with links to each topic’s webpage that includes a brief narrative overview of the topic, followed by headings of subtopics with categorized, annotated links to freely available resources that can be used for further study or to activities that can be viewed or conducted in classes or workshops. At the bottom of this page, we share links to online resources for classroom use with English learners K-12.

Integrated Language Arts Instruction for Middle School

Literacy Instruction for Middle School

Oral Language Instruction for Middle School

Table Turner Experience–Reading in a Different Alphabet

Teaching Writing at the Secondary Level