This guidebook is grounded in the latest research, and makes three powerful, practical contributions to the emerging field of teaching for biliteracy. First, it introduces the concept of the Bridge—the instructional moment when teachers purposefully bring the two languages together—as an integral component of effective biliteracy instruction. Second, it offers three fundamental sociolinguistic premises that educators can use to guide their decision making about teaching for biliteracy on the classroom, program, school, and district levels. These premises capture the complexity of teaching for biliteracy in Spanish and English in the United States. Third, it provides a biliteracy unit framework that teachers can use to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate their literacy instruction. The biliteracy unit framework shows teachers how to do the following:
The framework is compatible with existing literacy frameworks and programs, and all the ideas, suggestions, and examples used can be adapted by any teacher educator.