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Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP Model, 2nd Edition

By Jana Echevarria, MaryEllen Vogt, Deborah J. Short

Published by Pearson

Published Date: May 13, 2019


Making Content Comprehensible for Elementary English Learners: The SIOP® Model is written to give K-6 elementary school teachers lesson plans, teaching ideas, and many effective activities for working successfully with children who are English learners or who struggle with academic literacy. Several sample lessons and activities show the alignment of the SIOP Model to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Based on research that confirms that the SIOP Model (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) makes a positive difference academically for all students—and what works well for English learners will work equally well with other students—the book is ideal both for teachers who are already familiar with the SIOP Model, and those who are just learning about it. It gives educators a model for planning and implementing lessons that help the English learners in their charge gain access to grade-level content standards, and ultimately prepare them for life after high school, in college or a career.


New with the Second Edition is an accompanying online resource site, PDToolkit for SIOP®:

  • The new website includes:
    • SIOP® Research
    • SIOP® Resources
    • SIOP® Lesson Plans and Activities
    • SIOP® Videos
  • To learn more, please visit:

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

  1. Introducing the SIOP® Model
  2. Lesson Preparation
  3. Building Background
  4. Comprehensible Input
  5. Strategies
  6. Interaction
  7. Practice & Application
  8. Lesson Delivery
  9. Review & Assessment
  10. Issues of Reading RTI, and Special Education for English Learners
  11. Effective Use of the SIOP® Protocol
  12. Frequently Asked Questions: Getting Started with the SIOP® Model


     A.    The Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP®)

     B.    Lesson Plan Templates

     C.    Research on the SIOP® Model

     D.    SIOP® Professional Development Books and Resources