Diverse Learners in English Language Arts

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Diverse learners are often students who fall into one or more of these three categories:
  • English learners are students who represent a variety of home/native languages, cultural backgrounds and levels of English proficiency. Click here to view general information and resources for these learners. See tips and resources below for English learners in English language arts.
  • Students with disabilities in Ohio are identified as possessing one of 13 disabilities as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Click here for related information and general resources. See tips and resources below for students with disabilities in English language arts.
  • Gifted students are those who perform, or show the potential to perform, at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of academic achievement, cognitive abilities, creative thinking and/or the visual or performing arts as compared to others of their age, experience or environment. Click here for related information and general resources for gifted students. See tips and resources below for gifted students in English language arts. 

Tips and Resources for English Learners in English Language Arts

  • Create cooperative and highly collaborative classrooms
  • Pair with others for studying and questions
  •  Provide cultural sharing opportunities
  • Allow for authentic learning and visual assessments
  • Teach note-taking strategies
  • Assign journaling
  • Make writing tasks personal, when possible
  • Avoid correcting mistakes during oral communication
  • Use errors as formative assessment
  • Use nonverbal communication (visual representations)
  • Combine verbal and written instructions
  • Encourage literacy development in home language

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 Tips and Resources for Students with Disabilities in English Language Arts 

  • Align student learning goals with grade level standards
  • Utilize pre-assessments to identify where students are entering learning
  • Provide or pre-teach key vocabulary and prerequisite concepts
  • Break learning experiences and writing tasks into manageable, sequential pieces
  • Use prompting to activate student thinking
  • Make explicit connections to prior knowledge
  • Present content in multiple formats, including images, text, video, and sound

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Tips and Resources for Gifted Students in English Language Arts

What gifted learning is 

  • Rich learning experiences
    • Thematically and conceptually organized
    • Relevant and meaningful
    • Structure and choice
  • Individually paced
    • Higher degree of difficulty
    • Sophisticated, abstract, complex, open-ended
    • Uses greater insight to solve problems with varying answer options
  • Shows supported risk
    • Allows opportunities and safety for failure
    • Pushes students out of comfort zone, but with support for success


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Time filler

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Work on already
mastered concepts

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More of the same,
just faster

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Last Modified: 5/1/2023 11:02:27 AM