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ERIC Number: EJ860802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Compare, Contrast, Comprehend: Using Compare-Contrast Text Structures with ELLs in K-3 Classrooms
Dreher, Mariam Jean; Gray, Jennifer Letcher
Reading Teacher, v63 n2 p132-141 Oct 2009
In this article, we describe how to help primary-grade English language learners use compare-contrast text structures. Specifically, we explain (a) how to teach students to identify the compare-contrast text structure, and to use this structure to support their comprehension, (b) how to use compare-contrast texts to activate and extend students' background knowledge, and (c) how to use compare-contrast texts to help students expand and enrich their vocabulary. Although these strategies can benefit all young learners, they are particularly important for young ELL students. We, therefore, provide a brief discussion of the unique needs of ELL students. We also describe how understanding text structures can benefit young learners and explain why the compare-contrast text structure is particularly helpful to ELL students. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Primary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A