Realizing Opportunities for ELLs in the Common Core English Language Arts and Disciplinary Literacy Standards

George Bunch, Amanda Kibler and Susan Pimentel

This paper opens a larger—and longer—conversation about what must be done to realize opportunities presented by the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and the literacy standards in other subject areas. It emphasizes the simultaneous challenges and opportunities for ELLs.

The paper emphasizes that texts are approached differently for different purposes. Students need opportunities to approach texts with these varied purposes in mind. It also highlights how ELLs may be well served by opportunities to explore—and justify—their own “textual hypotheses,” even if their initial interpretations diverge from those of the teacher.

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George Bunch acknowledges that the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects create challenges and opportunities for ELLs. Opportunities for language and literacy development can best be realized by engaging students in challenging tasks while providing support.

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