Articles on teaching writing to ELLs:
Generalized K-6 Writing Goals http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/introduction
Goal 1: Write an opinion about a topic, book, or text.
Goal 2: Write an informative/explanatory text, name a topic, and supply facts.
Goal 3: Write a narrative recounting sequential events.
Goal 4: (For grades 3 & up only) Produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.
Goal 5: With suggestions from teachers and/or peers, edit to strengthen writing.
Goal 6: Collaborate with peers, as guided by a teacher, to use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.
Goal 7: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
Goal 8: Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and/or digital sources to answer a question (k-2) or sort into categories (3-6).
Goal 9: (For grades 4 & up only) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Goal 10: Write routinely for a range of purposes and audiences.
The order on the pacing guides seems to be 1st=Narrative, 2nd= Opinion,3rd=Informative/Explanatory
Tips for Teaching Writing to ELLs (Ideas adapted fromhttp://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/writingstrats.html)
- For Level 1 or Level 2 students, allow students to trace, copy, orfill in the blanks in order to learn writing skills. http://www.mes-english.com/worksheets/ Great site for tracing/writing worksheets, pre-made & custom.
- Use a variety of strategies to help students get started and organize their ideas.
- Graphic organizers
- Sentence starters
- Writing templates
- Sentence frames
- A journal for ideas/vocabulary journal
- Practice sequencing.
- Allow students to write ideas or sentences on strips of paper then put them in order before writing.
- Encourage students to read aloud what they have written as they are writing, when they finish, and as they edit.
- Listen for where sentences should begin and end in order to avoid a paragraph or page that is one long sentence with no punctuation.
- Listen for where sentences begin and end in order to apply proper punctuation and capitalization.
- Listen for grammatical errors, such as improper sentence structure and/or word order.
- Evaluate content and conventions separately.