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English language learners and nonfiction research writing: a fourth and fifth grade writers workshop





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The research question addressed in this project was, how can I create a writers workshop curriculum unit on nonfiction research reports that is both meaningful and accessible for fourth and fifth grade English Language Learners? A motivating factor for the author in designing this curriculum unit was the visible struggle of nonnative speakers of English to write in a second language, and most specifically to write in the genre of nonfiction research. The author uses related research literature to validate the curriculum content as well as to incorporate into the unit strategies proven successful in the instruction of English Language Learners at the upper elementary level. The unit is an integration of the major components of writers workshop, based on the works of Calkins and Fletcher, with the tenets and format of the Understanding by Design philosophy of curriculum development.

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