English Language and Common Core

Part 2

Linguistic Complexity in WIDA

1. Amount of discourse - word to paragraphs

2. Grammatical structures - variation in type and variety

3. Organization and cohesion of ideas - disjointed sentences to transitions

4. Text structures in specific genres

Focus on ELLs' Abilities

Curricula and instruction must be cognitively challenging, relevant, and engaging.

Set high expectations

Address socio-cultural factors

Scaffold according to students' English language proficiency levels

WIDA Performance Definitions

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