FOSTERING ACADEMIC INTERACTION SKILLS
Constructive Conversation Skills Poster (PDF)
This tool shows four important conversation skills, their icons, and sentence starters to help students engage in purposeful and extended interactions.
Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster (PDF)
This tool helps students build four key conversation skills for working together on math ideas and problems.
Math Paired Conversation Protocol (PDF)
This tool guides pairs through an effective conversation to collaboratively solve complex math problems.
This set of activities helps students practice their abilities to build and challenge ideas using evidence-based reasoning.
Argument and Evidence Scale Visual Organizer - 2D (3D version)
This visual helps students to evaluate and weigh the evidence for and against two different positions
Criteria Bar Graph
This visual helps students to visually show and explain how well evidence meets certain criteria for an issue.
Causes & Effects Visual Organizer (PDF)
This visual helps students to engage in cause and effect thinking and assign values to their ideas.
FORTIFYING ORAL OUTPUT
Opinion Formation Cards
This activity provides students with an opportunity to build language as they talk with successive partners to strengthen their opinions on an issue.
A-B Information Gap Cards
This activity requires students to take a side of an issue and use new vocabulary and syntax to argue and negotiate with a partner.
This set of tips helps both teacher and students to maximize the value of pair-shares.
More and better talk from jigsaw expert groups
This activity helps students to learn and share information from different texts.
USING COMPLEX TEXTS
Wide-Angle Reading Frame
This visual helps students to create a mental framework before and during reading in order to keep the purpose(s) of the text in mind.
This visual helps students to evaluate the usefulness of thoughts that emerge during reading and listening.
Helps students to predict and justify their predictions for reading.
Figure out the Figuratives
This visual helps students to see the connections between the figurative expression and what it is describing. figure
This visual helps students to see ways in which to generate and support multiple themes from different types of texts.
Narrative Structure Map
This visual helps students to organize events in a typical narrative.
ABC Inference Table
This visual helps students to make inferences while reading.
This visual helps students to infer causes and effects in history, science, and literature-based texts.
COMPLEX ACADEMIC LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
Complex Academic Language Chart
Visual tool for identifying language demands to create language objectives
TEACHER AND SYSTEMWIDE SUPPORT
Inquiry Cycle Diagram
Visual tool for engaging in iterative evidence-based cycles of growth and improvement
Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms: Essential Practices for Developing Academic Language and Disciplinary Literacy. Zwiers, O'Hara, & Pritchard. (2014). Stenhouse.
- Excerpt from Chapter 3 on Modeling & Scaffolding
- Excerpt from Chapter 8 on Interaction
Building Academic Language: Meeting Common Core Standards Across Disciplines, Grades 5–12, Second Edition. Jeff Zwiers (2014). Jossey-Bass.
Primer for Science Conversations
Alliance for Education Article
Chart of Common CCSS Shifts and their Implications for Academic English Learners
Structural Relationships of the CCSS
CCSSO CCSS Implementation Tools
NASBE CCSS Toolkit
Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)