Welcome to TELLSyllabus: Developing Second Language Literacy Explanation of the TemplateTotal PointsSession 1: Analyzing My Literacy BackgroundLA 1.1 Understanding My Literacy Background and PracticesLA 1.2 Expanding the Definition of Literacy LA 1.3 Exploring Literacy through TELL ToolsLA 1.4 Assessing for Literacy Development HW 1.1 Implementing and Reflecting on My Literacy PracticesHW 1.2 Investigating Knowledge about Literacy DevelopmentHW 1.3 Revisiting WIDA Performance DefinitionsHW 1.4 Using First Language Acquisition in Current Educational PracticesHW 1.5 Understanding My Final ProjectSession 2: Increasing Awareness of Language, Literacy, and PowerLA 2.1 Discussing Literacy DevelopmentLA 2.2 Connecting Cross-Linguistic Transfer and Literacy LA 2.3 Literacy Profiles LA 2.4 Makoto's Literacy ProfileHW 2.1 Implementing and Reflecting on My Literacy PracticesHW 2.2 Designing a Literacy-Focused ClassroomHW 2.3 Final Project Work for Unit RevisionHW 2.4 More and Less Proficient ELL Student's Literacy ProfilesHW 2.5 Integrating Ideas from Jim Cummins and Attention to Literacy Session 3: Designing a Literacy-Focused ClassroomLA 3.1 Reviewing Final Project and Literacy ProfileLA 3.2 Evaluating Literacy Richness and Standards for Effective PedagogyLA 3.3 Examining Literacy Guidelines LA 3.4 Planning Lessons that Build Learners' LiteracyHW 3.1 Implementing and Reflecting on My Literacy PracticesHW 3.2 Unit Goals for ELLs' Literacy ProfilesHW 3.3 Final Project Work for Unit RevisionHW 3.4 Using Video Segment 7.1 to Learn about VocabularyHW 3.5 Reading a Dense Text Using a Double Entry JournalHW 3.6 Bring a Text for Your Unit PlanSession 4: Building Knowledge of Academic LanguageLA 4.1 Characteristics of Academic LanguageLA 4.2 Effectively Teaching Academic Vocabulary and LanguageLA 4.3 Selecting Academic Vocabulary and Language to Teach LA 4.4 Planning to Teach Vocabulary HW 4.1 Implementing and Reflecting on My Literacy PracticesHW 4.2 Planning for Teaching Vocabulary in my UnitHW 4.3 Gathering Resources for Revising a Unit PlanHW 4.4 Learning about Comprehension and the Role of Text Structure HW 4.5 Identifying Readings in My Unit Plan HW 4.6 Deepening Understanding of Literacy Guidelines for ELsSession 5: Assisting Students in Understanding and Constructing TextsLA 5.1 Accumulating Knowledge for Promoting Literacy Development LA 5.2: Center 1: (Teacher Center) Utilizing the Literacy Guidelines for ELs LA 5.3 Center 2: Building on and Developing Oral Language LA 5.4: Center 3: Text Structures and Text Features in Literacy Instructon LA 5.5 Center 4: Modeling Good Reading StrategiesLA 5.6: Center 5: Selecting a Text with PurposeLA 5.7 Consolidating Knowledge for Supporting EL LiteracyHW 5.1 Implementing and Reflecting on My Practice HW 5.2 Planning for Teaching Reading in My UnitHW 5.3 Writing Instruction GuidelinesHW 5.4 Examining Process WritingHW 5.5 Writing Instruction for ELLs (Wright)HW 5.6 Identifying Writings for My Unit PlanSession 6: Intentionally Teaching Writing in Content Area InstructionLA 6.1 Teaching Effective Writing PracticesLA 6.2 Connecting Reading to WritingLA 6.3 Creating Authentic Writing OpportunitiesLA 6.4 Process Writing and Writer's WorkshopLA 6.5 Partner Debrief: Consolidating Knowledge of ELL Writing InstructionHW 6.1 Implementing and Reflecting on My Literacy Practice HW 6.2 Planning for Teaching Writing in My UnitHW 6.3 Creating Equity in Literacy Teaching PracticesSession 7: Critiquing, Reviewing, Editing, Revising My Unit PlanLA 7.1 Center 1 (Teacher Center): Aligning Objective and Assessments LA 7.2 Center 2: Responding to ELs Language and Literacy Development through Input and InteractionLA 7.3 Center 3: Building Academic Language and Literacy LA 7.4 Center 4: Attending to Writing InstructionLA 7.5 Center 5: Attending to Equity through the Standards for Effective PedagogyLA 7.6 Preparing My Explanatory Document and Revising My Final ProjectHW 7.1 Implementing and Reflecting on my Literacy PracticeHW 7.2 Completing the Final ProjectHW 7.3 Reviewing What I Know about Teaching to Improve Session 8: Sharing My Learning LA 8.1 Presenting My Knowledge of the Literacy Guidelines for ELs LA 8.2 Sharing an Exemplar of Designing Lessons to Promote ELs' Literacy DevelopmentLA 8.3 Making a Commitment to My Best-Loved Self as Teacher

HW 2.5 Integrating Ideas from Jim Cummins and Attention to Literacy


Learning Outcome Pedagogical Intent Student Position

Employ theories of first and second language acquisition in teaching literacy

Assessment: 25 pts.

Due: Session 3

 Teachers can use three ideas from Jim Cummins in attending to literacy in their instruction and their classroom instruction. 

Students have reviewed their final project and selected two ELs to study further. They have identified a unit they will redesign to better attend to the content learning and language and literacy development of students. They have explored developing a literacy-rich classroom. Now they will examine three ideas (or theories) from Jim Cummins that they can use in designing their unit plan. 


  1. In this homework, you will learn three complex ideas from Jim Cummins work. The purpose is to capture your understanding of each and then consider how you can integrate them to create classrooms and intstruction that better supports students in learning content as they develop language and literacy skills.
  2. Use Capturing Three Ideas from Cummings to record your knowledge and integate these ideas in your planning instruction for students.
  3. Begin by reviewing the concepts of  BICS and CALP. (In recent years these ideas have been criticized as not complex enough but they continue to be helpful for teachers understanding the difference between ELs ability to rapidly gain social language but continue to languish in academic achievement). Gather information from thiis website to review what you know about BICS and CALP. 
  4. The next idea from Cummins concerns bringing together two continuum into a matrix (Cummin's Quadrants) Use this reading to support you in developing understanding about texts that are context embedded to context reduced paired in a matrix with the continuum of cognitively demanding and cognitively undemanding curriculum. Enter your learning on the Capturing Three Ideas from Cummins chart. 
  5. The third idea from Cummins explores the contrast between Coercive and Collaborative Classrooms. (The reading that teaches you about this idea is an example of how you might modify texts in your classroom to support students in learning content and developing academic language). Enter your learning on the three ideas chart
  6. Bring the Capturing Three ideas from Cummins (from #2 of this HW) to session 3.