This is the introduction page to a site dedicated to presenting you with information about ELL and how to help them meet the CCSS for ELA and Literacy. There is an excellent sample unit plan on persuasion that you could use or you could apply those ideas to another unit.
The Ohio Department of Education has produced this comprehensive article that defines ELL learners and learning and gives you strategies to use in your classroom. If you have time for only one article, this is the one.
These very helpful ideas and links will make your life much easier. You just identify the type of activity you are preparing for in your lessons and the handy chart will spell out several suggestions on how to adapt that type of activity for an ELL.
Reminding us of what a struggle it would be to learn a new language and the curricular materials, this article provides you with a list of accommodations and modifications that you can use in your class to help your ELL students be more successful.
You already know that students need to read to become good readers. The same goes for writing. However, this article will remind you of the importance of these activities and help you understand why they are so important for ELLs to be more successful.