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Biliteracy from the Start

Biliteracy from the Start: Literacy Squared in Action

Kathy Escamilla, Susan Hopewell, Sandra Butvilofsky, Wendy Sparrow, Lucinda Soltero-González, Olivia Ruiz-Figueroa, Manuel Escamilla
ISBN: 978-1-934000-13-7
Paperback: 224 pages
Published: October, 2013

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Foreword by Ofelia García

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Biliteracy from the Start: Literacy Squared in Action shows bilingual education teachers, administrators, and leadership teams how to plan, implement, monitor, and strengthen biliteracy instruction that builds on students’ linguistic resources in two languages, beginning in kindergarten. Escamilla and her team present a holistic biliteracy framework that is at the heart of their action-oriented Literacy Squared school-based project. Teachers learn to develop holistic biliteracy instruction units, lesson plans, and assessments that place Spanish and English side by side. Educators also learn to teach to students’ potential within empirically based, scaffolded, biliteracy zones and to support emerging bilinguals' trajectories toward biliteracy. 

Foreword by Ofelia García.

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  • Key terms and/or guiding questions introduce every chapter.
  • Sample instruction units, lesson plans, student writing in Spanish and English, and paired writing rubrics make chapter content accessible and practical.
  • Empirical evidence of students’ reading and writing development in Spanish and English grounds presentation of trajectories toward biliteracy and scaffolded biliteracy zones.
  • Questions for reflection and action at the end of each chapter help biliteracy educators apply key concepts to their local district and school context.

Caslon now offers a book study guide with a purchase of 10 or more copies of this title (with meetings based on each book chapter). Click here to see a sample meeting from this guide. The guide supports teachers’, coaches’, and administrators’ professional learning so that they can promote equity and excellence for the bilingual and English learners in their districts, schools, and classes. Professors can also use these guides to help students clearly articulate goals and objectives and design culminating projects that provide evidence of their learning.