EAL: Descriptive writing, fronted adverbials

Here’s a very brief insight into some day-to-day EAL planning.

I work with EAL learners in Year 4. Planning for my EAL lessons is informed by one of the following:

  • National Curriculum SPaG
  • the Unit of Inquiry for that (half)-term
  • WIDA targets

In their literacy classes, students were learning to use fronted adverbials (was a new one for me tbh). They were also reviewing expanded noun phrases as part of the same activity – descriptive writing based on images.

My EAL learners struggled a bit, so I gave them some more scaffolded practice in my 40 minute EAL slot…

Started with some scrambled sentences – in class I reminded them that the adverbial phrase will come first…

Then we did a bit of sentence upgrading…

Next up was more support ideas-wise, but a bit more challenging then sentence scrambles…

That last direction line a bit crap tbh.

Then there was a bit of practice in following the model sentence structure…

I’d naturally have added a new picture after this for a freer practice task, but that’s the bit they’ll be doing in regular classes anyway, so I can focus more on the controlled side of things.

Anyhow, that’s a little insight into what EAL support can be like. Identifying needs by supporting students in-class, then a bit of troubleshooting or breaking down difficult tasks during an EAL slot. That resource isn’t anything to write home about but it worked well.

Here it is if useful. Originally a Google Doc.


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4 replies

  1. Just curious about the choice to leave in the capitalisation in the scrambled sentences task – what was the thinking behind that?

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  2. Yeah good spot. I kept them in for support as my Year 4 EALs aren’t totally secure with punctuation rules, hence it’s a bit of sensitising I guess. I could have left them out for maybe two of my learners to be fair.
    If it were a published resource I’d have gone without them, and maybe added a ‘make sure your sentences begin with…’ reminder.
    Granted, students can fall back on knowledge of punctuation though. I’m teaching the learners there rather than the lesson… being a bit too kind maybe!

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