Plan for success! Theme-based planning for Mutilingual Learners



Learn how to use theme-based planning to create units of study that develop academic vocabulary, literacy and language skills.

Stephanie Grasso ·September 5, 2021

In this course, teachers will have an introduction to my method to build a unit of study using theme-based planning.  This method is helpful for newcomers to students with a strong command of English.  We will begin with the basics of what is theme-based planning, how to develop your anchor theme and essential questions as well as anchor vocabulary for the unit.  In addition, we will explore planning for literacy and language skills and a final project that addresses the anchor theme and essential question(s).  Finally, we will explore sample activities that support students in exploring the anchor theme, anchor vocabulary and mini-projects to develop literacy and language skills.  Teachers are encouraged to bring texts/ideas they have that they’d like to teach – there will be time to address these.

About Instructor

Stephanie Grasso

I was part of the founding faculty for ELLIS Preparatory Academy, an international public high school in New York City designed for newcomers ages 16-21. Currently, I consult with public schools in the Northeast. My philosophy as a consultant is rooted in student advocacy. I guide teachers to better support students with diverse backgrounds-cultural, linguistic and academic- through culturally reflective curriculum, social emotional learning and literacy and language support. As a consultant, I work with a range of intermediate and secondary schools that have diverse student populations and specialize in supporting high ELL populations. My goal is to inspire teachers to use their innate creativity to develop unit and lesson plans that focus on inquiry, content, literacy skills And language development to support multilingual learners.

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  • 2 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz