Content and language objectives are often recommended as a learning strategy for MLLs but are excellent for all students. Additionally, they are helpful for teachers to make their lessons specific.
- Display in the same place every lesson
- Review at beginning and end of learning time
- Use academic vocabulary and annotate
- Make age-appropriate
- Be inclusive (all students can do)
- Be specific. Use verbs that are action-oriented, observable, and assessable.
- Avoid general verbs like “review, practice, learn, understand”
- use content and curricular competency learning standards
- use verbs related to the content area
- use verbs related to communication (reading, writing, oral language)
- use the language needed to achieve the content objective
Curricular competency learning standard from English Language Arts 5: Identify how differences in context, perspectives, and voice influence meaning in texts.
Content Objective: We will identify the protagonist’s description of the party in Chapter 6 and predict how the other characters may have described it.
Language Objective: We will identify the adjectives used in the passages and isolate ones related to emotion. We will list the possible emotions of other characters. We will rewrite the passage from another character’s perspective in small groups.
|Content Objective Verbs
|Language Objective Verbs