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Accessible Syntax


Teachers can support language development by using and providing Syntax that is appropriately leveled (e.g., short, simple structure for young students). By modeling Syntax in daily language, teachers repeatedly expose students to sentence structures that they can adopt in their own speech, which is especially valuable for students whose Primary Language is not English.

Use It in the Classroom

  • In addition to speech, teachers can provide written and/or verbal sentence starters to support student development of more complex Syntax (e.g., "I agree with __ because __…"). In contrast, teachers can simplify their Syntax to relieve students' cognitive load in Working Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    Watch how Newsela provides nonfiction texts at adaptive reading levels, which allows learners to read content that is interesting to them at their appropriate lexile level.

  • Products can provide adaptive language that adjusts to the appropriate Syntax complexity that can be read and understood by learners.
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