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TPS Quarterly

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This issue explores how teachers can use primary sources to support English language learners.

English language learners (ELLs) are a diverse group of students, including those who are just beginning to learn English and others who have already achieved considerable proficiency. Teaching with primary sources can help English language learners of all backgrounds develop language skills and connect to academic content through inquiry. Primary sources, which come in a variety of formats such as images, manuscripts and audio recordings, offer multiple entry points for students to engage in critical thinking and construct new knowledge. The feature article in this TPS Quarterly issue provides strategies for teachers to support English language learners using primary sources.