Centering Emergent Bilinguals’ Linguistic Identity During Guided Reading Instruction

September 30, 2021
Guided reading has often been referred to as the greatest tool in a teacher’s arsenal when attempting to be responsive to students’ reading needs. When working with emergent bilinguals, the primary focus tends to be in the area of vocabulary development. While vocabulary acquisition is important, it is only one aspect of reading and language development. 

In this workshop, our Virtual Instructional Coach, Cristy Cuella-Lezcano, provides an overview of guided reading instruction and helps teachers explore how to consider translanguaging and cross-linguistic analysis to better leverage emergent knowledge bilinguals’ complete skills within their guided reading instruction. 

Looking for additional resources to supplement your existing ELA curriculum? Explore our Elevating Voices program for K-12. Through carefully selected literature written by award-winning authors of color, this program allows teachers to foster critical thinking in their students and provide space for conversations with peers, teachers, and parents based on cultural and linguistic experiences of their own and others.

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we’d like to highlight two books from our Elevating Voices collection that focus on Hispanic culture.   

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo


My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero


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