Make grammar instruction simple with DLI!
Imagine how good it will feel to build a strong foundation in writing conventions with just a few minutes a day and the support of DLI.
|Why Choose DLI?|
DLI focuses on one new skill each week. Beginning the first week of the school year, you begin to build a strong foundation avoiding gaps or duplication in instruction. Teaching all of the skills in your district and state standards including the Common Core State Standards by the end of the school year can seem like an impossible task. DLI helps you accomplish this one week at a time!
as simple as 1-2-3:
DLI is quick and effective. Plan 5-10 minutes a day to complete the daily practice Monday-Thursday.
On Friday, the weekly assessment and mini-lesson for the new focus skill require 30-45 minutes. Click on Week at a Glance to see a weekly plan.
Teachers can deliver DLI tasks to students in three ways. First, DLI student tasks are reproducible. With the purchase of the Educator Bundle, teachers can post the tasks to Google Classroom or other secure platforms (see below) and use them with interactive whiteboards in the classroom.
pairs well with distance learning.
With the use of the free Kami annotating app, your students can circle, underline, hilight, and add text boxes for the DLI editing paragraphs before sending the task back to you.
CLICK HERE to learn more about KAMI, a Google Chrome extension.
supports the complete learning cycle:
DLI supports every step of the learning cycle, unlike other resources
that provide only review items. Direct instruction, in the form of a mini-lesson,
forms the foundation for your work on the new skill. Count on DLI to provide
strategies for your lesson! Next, use the short, daily tasks
to create opportunities for practice and review. The instructional cycle continues
with a weekly assessment. DLI knits all of the elements of the learning cycle
together into one cohesive resource. How does DLI compare to other English
Language Arts resources? Click here for a Comparison of DLI and Other English Language Arts resources.
features a weekly assessment that mirrors formal assessments:
assessments prove beneficial for both teachers and students. They provide
an opportunity for you to monitor your students’ progress and provide
early intervention. For students, frequent short assessments create an opportunity
to hone their test-taking skills. Since the assessments employ formats found
in other formal assessments, students make
a smoother transition to demonstrating mastery. As the year progresses, students
encounter a wider variety of items on weekly assessments and also build their
skills in following directions.
aligns with the Common Core State Standards:
Capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and usage have been given increased emphasis with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards.
However, educators are finding that relying on their districts' reading series or use of commercial review resources lacks adequate support for true skill development for writing conventions.
Daily Language Instruction solves this problem: DLI is an effective stand-alone supplementary resource that provides comprehensive skill development for writing conventions and features direct instruction on a weekly focus skill, quick daily practice, spiraling review, and assessment.
A revision of the DLI materials for grades 1-6 ensures that they provide strong support for the increased rigor in your district and state standards including the Common Core State Standards. Click the Products tab and the appropriate grade level to lead you to a CCSS correlation for each grade level. Additionally, you may wish to access and download the entire DLI 1-6 Scope and Sequence by clicking on this link.
curriculum is centered on seven guiding principles and grounded in research:
Daily Language Instruction was developed as a result of empirical evidence gained by decades of experience in the field, and it was informed by current research. Learn about the development of DLI and its authors and editors by clicking on the links below and downloading the following documents.
DLI is a perfect way to start the day. Students are ready to discuss the practice items by the time you have completed attendance, lunch count, and morning announcements.
Students like DLI and gain confidence with the support of a spiraling review.
Expect to see strong engagement when you discuss the daily tasks!
scaffolds your writing conferences:
DLI plays a vital role in supporting your writing conferences. As the year progresses, you will find that students bring more background to their conferences as a result of their work with DLI. The five to ten minutes you spend each day on DLI is a great investment in providing a scaffold for their time in conference with you or an effective follow-up. They may meet a new skill in the context of a conference with you, which may be later reinforced by DLI. Or DLI can provide the first exposure, which will be applied in a conference; the combination is effective.
Consistent use of DLI results in a deeply-rooted skill base that carries
over to every day writing. DLI proves to be an effective tool for increasing
student achievement. You will find no smoke and mirrors with DLI. It works because
it is simply good instruction.
Evidence of student growth is supported by this district data sample.
Click here to view the data sample for Summit County School District.
includes pre-post assessments at six-week intervals:
Pre-post assessments provide valuable tools to support your instruction. While a spiraling review is built into the DLI materials, the pre-post assessments will easily allow you to identify areas where more support may be needed and to celebrate growth with your students.
includes 30 weeks of spelling lists:
Several of the weekly skills in the DLI materials could also be considered spelling skills. Some examples include contractions, plurals, singular possessive nouns, and homophones.
By using the optional spelling lists included in the DLI book, your students can benefit from a two-pronged approach. Since the weekly DLI skill and the spelling skill correlate with one another, instruction in both areas becomes more effective.
weeks of spelling lists, which parallel the weekly skills when possible, as
well as a diagnostic test are included in the book.
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