Where to start? Becoming trained in the SIOP model revolutionized my teaching. There is a book which explains the model and also a workbook. The SIOP model is composed of 30 features that encompass the entirety of the instrucional cycle. The book is very balanced and provides background for each feature, an explanation and how to use it. I particularly like using the SIOP protocol (checklist) to help me gauge how balanced and complete my lesson plan is.
Awesome website from SERP media that is chock full of vocabulary resources of all kinds. I've linked to their section about academically productive talk because this is the area that resonated the most for me. Often, I find that I can introduce words, explain them, plan great activities - but that means nothing if students don't use them! But, how to encourage this?
GoAnimate video that teaches how to answer questions with text evidence by using sentence starters. Sentence starters can be used with any content and are a great way to support students who are learning how to use academic vocabulary. Sometimes it can seem like too much support, but often it is part of fully supporting differentiated instruction for students.
Emaze presentation with embedded video that provides a great overview of what academic language is and strategies for increasing word knowledge and comprehension. It is like a visual for the books that I have described above and would be suitable for a staff presentation on the topic.
It is clear that students need ample opportunities to practice academic language in the classroom and also need to feel comfortable doing so. Many people are familiar with the "think-pair-share" concept but this book goes deeper into different ways to structure and manage groupings. It also addresses team formation and class building to develop positive relationships in the classroom.
Efficient and slim book that thoroughly introduces the theory behind language development and how to create meaningful classroom instruction for teaching anyone (not just ELL students). It is a very thoughtful, practical book. One of my favorite sections is in part two where they address non-linguistic representations of language. In my experience it is crucial to have students draw their own pictures of words to help develop meaning.
Website with compelling hip hop videos that teach students a variety of topics (math, science, language arts). My favorite part is the academic vocabulary section broken down by grade level that includes multiple resources such as diagnostic assessments, quizzes, practice worksheets, lyrics and games. I've often struggled with what words to teach my students and this helped a lot. It requires a subscription so I can't link directly to all the resources (examples are on youtube).