SecELD U4 CG and NBThe goal of the Writing to a Prompt unit is for students to build skill and competence in reading, writing, and oral language as they craft responses to writing prompts. Students use an array of reading strategies to read articles and deepen their understanding of the narrative, explanatory, and argumentative genres. After learning a formula for academic writing and a process for deconstructing prompts, they practice using high-leverage functional language patterns to write an essay in each of these genres. With robust literacy and language supports, they practice making moves that are hallmarks of proficient writing, including precision with verb forms and adjectives, adept use of quotations, maintaining tone and flow of ideas, and integrating analysis with personal insight. In each section, students engage in multiple opportunities to assess their own work and their peers’ work, give feedback, and revise writing. These skills are indispensable for success in a myriad of academic and real-life pursuits.


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From day one of class, begin assessing students’ language use to gather real-time data on where they are and what they need:

  • Tune in and listen while students engage with each other.
  • Ask them to share about their understanding of concepts.
  • Look over their written tasks.

We encourage you to use Learning English as a New Language: A Continuum for Grades 3–12 in the Systematic ELD Handbook, p. 2.13, to look over students’ work and get a sense of their language abilities:

  • What aspects and skills have they internalized?
  • Where are they experimenting and making errors?
  • At this point, what’s the most productive thing to teach?

Practice articulating what you see them doing and then find meaningful ways to share that information with them.

You will find that proficient students use language that ranges from simple to complex. Good ELD teaching helps them to use the language they know in intentional ways that meet the demands of different purposes. You can also reference Teaching as Assessment in the Systematic ELD Handbook, pgs. 3.20–3.21.

All Systematic ELD Instructional Units require the tools included in the Systematic ELD Support Kit. Each teacher will need a Support Kit in order to carry out the lessons in each unit.

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