Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners The SIOP Model

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/17/2013
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP® Model is written to give K-6 elementary school teachers lesson plans, teaching ideas, and many effective activities for working successfully with children who are English learners or who struggle with academic literacy. Several sample lessons and activities show the alignment of the SIOP Model to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Based on research that confirms that the SIOP Model (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) makes a positive difference academically for all students—and what works well for English learners will work equally well with other students—the book is ideal both for teachers who are already familiar with the SIOP Model, and those who are just learning about it. It gives educators a model for planning and implementing lessons that help the English learners in their charge gain access to grade-level content standards, and ultimately prepare them for life after high school, in college or a career.


New with the Second Edition is an accompanying online resource site, PDToolkit for SIOP®:

  • The new website includes:
    • SIOP® Research
    • SIOP® Resources
    • SIOP® Lesson Plans and Activities
    • SIOP® Videos
  • To learn more, please visit: http://pdtoolkit.pearson.com

Author Biography

Jana Echevarría is Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. She has taught in elementary, middle, and high school in general education, special education, ESL, and bilingual programs. She has lived in Taiwan, Spain, and Mexico. Her UCLA doctorate earned her an award from the National Association for Bilingual Education’s Outstanding Dissertations Competition. Her research and publications focus on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities. She has presented her research across the U.S. and internationally including Oxford University (England), Wits University (South Africa), South East Europe University (Macedonia), and University of Barcelona (Spain). Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator with the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE). In 2005, Dr. Echevarría was selected as Outstanding Professor at CSULB.


MaryEllen Vogt is Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Vogt has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, special education teacher, curriculum coordinator, and university teacher educator. She received her doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a co-author of fifteen books, including Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World (3rd ed.) (Allyn & Bacon, 2011), and the SIOP® book series. Her research interests include improving comprehension in the content areas, teacher change and development, and content literacy for English learners. She has provided professional development for teachers and administrators in all 50 states and in nine countries. Dr. Vogt received her university’s Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award, and is a Past President of the International Reading Association.


Deborah J. Short, Ph. D., directs Academic Language Research & Training and provides professional development on sheltered instruction and academic literacy worldwide. Formerly she was a Division Director at the Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, where she co-developed the research-validated SIOP® Model for sheltered instruction. She has directed quasi-experimental and experimental studies on English language learners funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others. Her publications include research journal articles, the SIOP Model book series, and ESL textbook series for National Geographic Learning/Hampton-Brown. She taught English as a second/foreign language in New York, California, Virginia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

  1. Introducing the SIOP® Model
  2. Lesson Preparation
  3. Building Background
  4. Comprehensible Input
  5. Strategies
  6. Interaction
  7. Practice & Application
  8. Lesson Delivery
  9. Review & Assessment
  10. Issues of Reading RTI, and Special Education for English Learners
  11. Effective Use of the SIOP® Protocol
  12. Frequently Asked Questions: Getting Started with the SIOP® Model


     A.    The Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP®)

     B.    Lesson Plan Templates

     C.    Research on the SIOP® Model

     D.    SIOP® Professional Development Books and Resources




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