the famous poets from their country? Give students a chance to read poems out loud together as a class and to each other. As she begins to figure out the sounds represented by the letters d-i-g, the reader recognizes that the sounds make up a very familiar word that she has heard and said many times. Why it matters: Comprehension is the reason for reading. Phonemic Awareness: Challenges and Strategies, what: The ability to hear and manipulate the different sounds in our language. Culture, in addition, many ELLs come from cultural backgrounds rich with poetry and folktales. Use questions after reading After the ELLs and/or whole class have completed the reading, you can test their comprehension with carefully crafted questions, taking care to use simple sentences and key vocabulary from the text they just read.
Preteaching vocabulary is an important part of good phonics instruction with ELLs so that students aren't trying to figure out new vocabulary items out of context. If it is a science textbook the student may see visuals of animals or processes that remind them of concepts they may have learned or are somewhat familiar with. Did student enjoy writing poetry? Students can continue to add to the wall as they discover new items, or even as they write their own poems. With ELLs, however, comprehension problems tend to be associated with limited vocabulary and limited background knowledge. Poetry All-Year Round, even though poetry gets a lot of attention during Poetry Month in April (as it should it is fun to teach any time of year! 1 The use of herring to distract pursuing scent hounds was tested on Episode 148 of the series MythBusters.