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Feb 18 2011

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Week 5: Chap 7

Some concepts that I liked in Chapter 7 were using books on tape for ELL students. Barone states, “Listening to these books on tape enables the children to become relatively familiar with the flow of the sentence structures and the pronunciation of content-specific words” (Barone, Mallette, & Hong Xu, 2005, p.142). I used to use books on tape when I was younger in order to gain my AR points faster. Because I was a slow reader, books on tape allowed me to follow the words faster and read along which helped me gain speed in reading. I think books on tape are also a small draw back for ELL students as well because some books have personalized language that may be hard for the students to understand, especially if they are not used to the accents used throughout the tape.

Something I disliked about chapter 7 was the Show-and-Tell Evaluation Form. I believe that Show-and-Tell time was a chance for students to show something of theirs to their classmates and connect over common likes and dislikes. I remember show and tell was one of my favorite parts of the week. I would always make my American Girl Doll clothes out of my mom’s towels or scraps of old clothing. I could not wait to show all my friends what I had made! While I was presenting, I was not thinking about what I was saying or if I was grammatically correct; all I wanted to do was show my friends how excited I was about my object. I feel that simple things in life should not be graded and that teachers should have more fun with their students. Students may learn better if they have some time to truly be themselves.

Another topic in Chapter 7 that I really liked was about Informational Picture Books. I love these kind of books because they can be used for a variety of students. In Special Education, we used books that are very similar called Communication Books. These books usually present an array of pictures that a non-verbal student can point to in order to communicate their wants, need, or social interaction. I think having a word with a picture makes early literacy much easier because they can visually see what the word is rather than having an array of letters in front of them. I think this is an excellent tool for ELL students because even though they can communicate, it is still very similar to non-verbal communication because the people around them usually do not know what they want or need. These books can be both educational and fun to use.

References:

Barone, D., Mallette, M., & Hong Xu, S. (2005). Teaching early literacy. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

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