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Mastering Academic Language

  • Title:Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement
  • Author:Debbie Zacarian
  • Publication Date:December 2012
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781452255439
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

The achievement gap is a language gap—and you can bridge it!

As teachers, we take the language of school—academic language—for granted. But for many of our students, academic language is more than a new language. It is the "make or break" skill for school success. This exciting and much-needed book shows how teachers can help students become fluent, confident speakers of academic language.

Debbie Zacarian shares a step-by-step, research-based approach to scaffolding K-12 instruction for students who do not have the language and literacy skills that are needed in school. Readers will find:

  • Practical teaching strategies based on the four key facets of academic language fluency
  • Richly detailed case studies about students’ experiences with academic language across the content areas
  • Guidance on family involvement
  • Thought-provoking study questions, along with performance assessment tools

An ideal resource for school- and district-wide Common Core initiatives, this book provides teachers with the foundation and tools to ensure an equitable education for all students.

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Author Bio

Debbie Zacarian is known nationally for her work in advancing student achievement, policies, programming and professional development with schools. She is a popular and frequent speaker at national and international conferences of major education organizations, as well as state conferences throughout the United States.

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