This school year, Mrs. Pokey and I are going to concentrate on writing skills with our students. In our state, all ELL's are required to take state tests in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Our students typically do fairly well on the tests, but they all struggle with the writing test. Writing is the "make or break" score on whether or not the students are deemed "proficient" and graduate from the ESL program.
I found these articles on writing on the Colorin Colorado website. I think Mrs. Pokey and I will have to try some of the strategies.