Publication Date

7-1-2015

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article presents an approach to use wordless picture books to enhance the language development of English language learners. This approach is grounded in best practices to teach ELLs. The process starts with viewing and analyzing the visual images, engaging ELLs in discussion, and ending with students' self-authored texts. The wordless picture books contain all the literary elements and text structures that books with text have. Wordless picture books, without the language demands, invite ELLs to share the reading experience and to construct meaning from the viewing experience. Since wordless picture books vary in its complexity, booklist indicating level of complexity with annotations is provided for K-5 students. Classroom discussion and writing samples are also included to demonstrate the four stages of this instructional approach.

Publication Title

The Reading Teacher

Volume

69

Issue

1

First Page

103

Last Page

111

DOI

10.1002/trtr.1376

Version

post-print (with 6 month embargo)

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