Helping ESL Students with Book Punch

Schools may teach ESL students the basics of English, but often times the best students in higher grades still struggle to keep up. These students need to master strategies that will help them understand ideas and nuances of English texts. They need help thinking, reading and writing in English.

Book Punch addresses this issue by modeling the processes strong readers and writers use to succeed in content area classes, as well as providing personal in-depth support before, during, and after reading.

Book Punch guides students through the process of thinking and writing about books commonly read in schools today. Built-in hints and tips tutor students step-by-step as they work. Lesson plan aids help teachers develop a practical framework for using each book with their students.

Try these tips when using Book Punch with your ESL readers.

Before reading

Review the Book Punch lesson plan aid to create a roadmap of the story and tasks expected of students.

Tell students that they will get clues to find the location of key facts.

Give students a printout of the book’s online Evidence and Inference writing topics.

Tell students they will get help needed to think about and write responses to the Evidence and Inference questions.

Before students begin reading the book, help them make personal connections to it by writing on one of the online Text-to-Self topics.

Show students the PDF walkthrough to introduce them to Book Punch's online writing prompts.

Use the offline vocabulary worksheets to teach students important words in the book.

During reading

Suggest that when students find a fact in the book that answers an online Evidence and Inference question, they note the page number next to the question.

Help students create mental images of the reading material by using offline worksheets for character exploration.

Have students use the online Evidence and Inference writing prompts when you feel they have enough information to answer the questions.

When students use the online Evidence and Inference writing prompts encourage them to use the built-in tips and learning scaffolds.

Use the discussion topics cited in the teaching guides to foster classroom discussions.

Have students write down their own questions.

Use reading-aloud to help ESL students participate.

Allow ESL students to use audio books to supplement text readings.

After reading

Ask students to finish their online Evidence and Inference topics.

Have students polish their work by going through the online proofreading and grammar mini-lessons.

Have students use the online Reading Check to determine that they haven’t forgotten or mixed up information.

Encourage students to share their written work and opinions about the book.


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