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Making Content Comprehensible is also available in versions for elementary and secondary educators.

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Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP® Model

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Making Content Comprehensible for Secondary English Learners: The SIOP® Model

These parallel books, based on the widely-used foundational book, are designed to meet the specific needs of elementary or middle and secondary school students and teachers. In addition to the core information about the SIOP Model, the authors include lesson plans, teaching ideas, and many effective activities for working with learners in elementary or secondary settings. Several lessons, ideas, and activities show the alignment of the SIOP Model to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


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Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model, 4th Edition

Making Content Comprehensible book coverJana J. Echevarría, California State University, Long Beach
MaryEllen J. Vogt, California State University, Long Beach
Deborah J. Short, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, D.C.

Published by Pearson


This book introduces and explains the SIOP® (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model, a comprehensive, research-validated model of sheltered instruction, now implemented in districts throughout all 50 states and in dozens of countries. The SIOP Model improves teaching effectiveness and results in academic gains for students.

The SIOP Model, developed by the authors over 15 years ago, offers teachers a comprehensive, well-articulated model of instruction for planning and implementing lessons that helps educators a) provide English learners and other students with access to grade-level content standards, b) develop the students’ academic English skills, and c) prepare students to be college and career ready. The only research-validated model of instruction currently available for teaching English learners, the SIOP Model is applicable across content areas and is now being implemented at all levels of education from pre—K to community colleges and universities.

In Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model, 4th edition, the authors fully explain the SIOP Model and provide lesson plans and instructional activities to help teachers implement it effectively in K—12 classrooms. From its opening overview of the issues related to educating English learners to its new Chapter 12 that presents frequently asked questions with answers to help teachers get started implementing SIOP in elementary and secondary schools, the book continues to provide educators with the resource they have come to rely on as one of the most influential books in the field in years.

This edition includes substantial changes, while maintaining the easy-to-use format that has made it so popular. A number of new features based on the feedback the authors have received from educators using the Model are incorporated, such as new vignettes and lessons, new ideas for using technology, new sections for Teaching Ideas and Differentiating Ideas for Multi-Level Classrooms, and discussions linking the Common Core State Standards to respective SIOP features. A new Chapter 12 explains how teachers may get started implementing the SIOP Model using a frequently-asked questions approach.

2013  360 pp.

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*The SIOP Model was developed by researchers at California State University, Long Beach (Jana Echevarria and Mary Ellen Vogt), and the Center for Applied Linguistics (Deborah J. Short) under the auspices of the Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE), a national research center funded by the U.S. Department of Education from 1996 through 2003. Learn more.