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Listening and Speaking:

oral presentations with opportunities to defend opinions or


open-ended questions that encourage to expand language and

develop oral narratives

group discussions as a way to focus on robust vocabulary and

concept development


independent/guided reading activities to learn and apply

academic and social vocabulary

guided research and independent work, and opportunities to use

reference materials

comprehension questions that prompt responses in which facts

and details are restated in complete sentences


use of advanced graphic organizers

opportunities to write summaries of stories or content area


opportunites to write multiple paragraphs with consistent

spelling, grammar, and punctuation

become familiar with and develop confidence in every stage of

the writing process

Listening and Speaking:

dual-process activities that include opportunities for listening

comprehension with contextual support and reading

comprehension with audio support

open-ended questions that encourage to describe, restate,

and expand language

Group discussions in response to questions and as a way to focus

on vocabulary and concept development


independent/guided reading activities to practice and attain

concepts through a variety of genres of text

opportunities to recognize, understand, and practice synonyms,

antonyms, and idiomatic expressions

opportunities for research and independent work through the

use of reference materials

comprehension questions that prompt responses in complete


practice and review of comprehension skills, such as retelling,

making inferences, and cause and effect


opportunities to write sentences that are legible and


guided practice in journal writing and writing prompts

opportunities to use and fill out graphic organizers

use of the writing process in culminating activities



In order to ensure student access to high-quality curriculum

and instruction, and in order for students to meet or exceed

state standards in Language Arts and English as a Second

Language or English Language Development,


Spotlight on English

utilizes Universal Access activities

embedded in its lessons in the section

Meeting Individual


. This section addresses the needs of students with

different modalities of learning, reading difficulties, learning

disabilities, or a combination of special instructional needs.

Universal Access strategies included in the

Meeting Individual


activities include suggested interventions for students

in the three groups of Benchmark, Strategic, and Intensive.

There are suggested activities for students who are generally

making good progress toward standards but are experiencing

temporary or minor difficulties (Benchmark), for students

who are slightly below grade-level and may need to have a

concept retaught to them or periodically reviewed (Strategic),

and for students who are below grade-level and are

considered at risk (Intensive).

With the inclusion of Universal Access strategies in the

Meeting Individual Needs


Santillana Spotlight on


provides opportunities for students to be successful

in their study of a second language and make adequate

progress in their studies of language arts and other content


Although not an integral part of the lesson, the Multiple

Intelligences section provides extension activities for those

teachers who might feel that their students will benefit from

them. The Multiple Intelligences section encourages students

to learn in eight different ways: linguistically, logically-

mathematically, spatially, bodily-kinesthetically, musically,

interpersonally, intrapersonally, and naturalistically.