The biggest problem with trying to teach ELL in the classroom is either the building of background knowledge that many english speaking students already know through all of their prior years of education, or deciding what background knowledge is or isnt necessary to teach when trying to pinpoint a main idea for a lesson to focus on.

The practice i would use is the GIST summarizing strategy and . This lesson focuses primarily on the WHY of the french revolution and the context behind it. The best way to teach this is to take a few words, (revolution, debt, estates, and Enlightenment) and try to summarize the piece with as many of those words in 1-2 sentences.