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JELL: Journey into English Language Literacy

Welcome to the Journey into English Language Literacy.  The JELL program provides teachers with oral language and early English literacy lessons.  The lessons are especially beneficial for English language learners whose native language is Spanish and recommended for Kindergarten through 1st Grade.  Daily lessons are provided for 32 weeks of instruction.  There are three sections to the lesson. 

Section 1 begins with a review of Spanish-English letter and sound correlations.  In addition, concepts such as the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, colors, and parts of speech are included. 

Section 2 includes an oral language activity related to a thematic unit.  The oral language activity may be rapid naming, divergent naming, convergent naming, describing, naming antonyms, synonyms and/or analogies. 

Section 3 includes lessons related to the process of reading a book to the students.  Vocabulary words are selected and the program includes the simple definitions in English and Spanish.  Comprehension questions are also included. The selected books follow a thematic unit and are typically available in Spanish and English.  It is beneficial for the students to have listened to the Spanish translation of the story prior to reading the book in English.


The JELL lessons are direct and explicit. Students will learn how Spanish is similar to English.  They will have opportunities to expand their oral language skills and expand their world knowledge.  The program provides a systematic method for improving the early English language and literacy skills of English language learners.  The journey into English language and literacy acquisition will be a smooth one.


JELL Program Books

See below for the complete list of children's literature books that are part of the JELL program. 

These books are sold seperately and can be found on or the Big Books By George website. 

Sylvestor and the Magic Pebble

Author: William Steig


Author: Jeanette Winter

The Great Kapok Tree

Author:  Lynne Cherry

Cesar Chavez

Author: Stephanie Macceca

Too Many Tamales

Author: Gary Soto

Rainbow Fish

Author: Marcus Pfister and J. Alison James

A Chair for my Mother

Author: Vera B. Williams

George Takes a Road Trip: China

Author: Big Books By George!


Author: Kevin Henkes

Miss Rumphius

Author: Barbara Clooney


Author: by Jeanette Winter     

Air Power

Author: Big Books By George!

Who Was Jim Thorpe?

Author: Big Books By George!

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What's Out There?

Author:  Big Books by Geoge

The Desert is my Mother

Author: Pat Mora and Daniel Lechon

Let's Move

Author: Big Books By George!

My Games

Author: George Ancona and Alma Flor Ada

Celebrate Kwanzaa

Author: Big Books By George!


Author: Jannell Cannon

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Author: Arlene Mosel

Strega Nona

Author: Tomie de Paola          

Where the Wild Things Are

Author: Maurice Sendak     

Little Polar Bear

Author: Hans de Beer     

The Story of Ferdinand

Author: Munro Leaf     

Chato's Kitchen

Author: Gary Soto

Doctor De Soto

Author: William Steig

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