Education Leadership publishes article by Burbank teachers

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Luther Burbank High School teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski authored an article this month in Education Leadership magazine on English language learners and the new Common Core State Standards.

“Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs” discusses the teachers’ work over the last two years to help students to write argumentative essays, a learning goal of the new standards.

The in-depth piece examines helping students to make claims, find supporting evidence, perform “close” reading of texts, learn new vocabulary and learn grammatical structures.

“We gave students opportunities to practice evaluating claims and evidence and then formulate their own claims in response to this research,” the two wrote.

“This is the basis of much writing in the Common Core standards, in college, and in life: We read and listen to the claims and proposals of others, and we respond and join the conversation. Providing English language learners the tools they need to join this type of academic discourse is essential to their growth, both in English and as learners.”