Reflection: ELL Students Reading "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes - Section 2: Getting Down to Business


The demographics at my school are all over the map, and I have taught them all.  At one time or another, I have had in my classroom pre-AP, general ed., intervention, and ELL students.  Because middle school is such a socially delicate time, I feel like it's my job to be extra sensitive to the needs of these diverse groups when it comes to reading aloud in class.

With advanced classes, I find that small groups reading aloud to each other works really well.  It allows for all of the students to get to hear their own voices, which is HEAVEN for those awesome little over-achievers.

However, things are a little different in a gen. ed. class that is full of lower students and students who are still struggling with English.  The first few times I have this group read aloud, I ask for volunteers.  I will call on them to read a paragraph or two, but I make sure that I read some of the text as well.  I will pick the more difficult passages for myself, making sure to model name and place pronunciations.

As the year progresses, I will get the more reluctant readers to read by making it seem random or that it's simply their turn.  To do this, I can have students read in order of their seating.  Another way to randomize your readers is to put everyone's name on a stick or slip of paper.  You just pull a name, and that's who reads.  Of course, if you need to hear someone in particular, no one has to know whose name has actually been drawn!

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Reading "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes

Unit 3: The Elements of Fiction
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT read and comprehend a classic short story.

Big Idea: First, we read for comprehension.

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