With a large number of Hispanics at our campus, Amigos Por Vida- Friends For Life Charter School has to cater to the diversity of its students by applying differentiation in instruction. Most of our students are ELLs. English Language Learners are students who are unable to communicate fluently in English and find it difficult to learn effectively in the English language. At Amigos Por Vida, we implement differentiation so as not to leave any child behind. An example of this type of instruction follows.

The Part of Speech is very important because it indicates how the word functions grammatically within the sentence as well as aiding in the meaning of the word. One of the major difficulties for ELLs is that words in English can have more than one part of speech. For example the word work can be a noun or a verb. This confusion can be eliminated when the student is taught the basic parts of the English sentence and its sentence order.

  1.                   2.               3.                         4.                    5.                    6.

Subject          Verb          what/whom      how            where           when

The subject (1) is usually a noun – a word that names a person, place or thing.

The verb (2) follows the subject and identifies what the subject is doing (action)

        My father works at a factory in Mexico.

  1. 2.

What part of speech is works? 

The students have three clues:

1. it is number (2), so it is a verb according to the sentence order.    

 2. It follows a noun, the subject (1), so it is a verb

 3. It is an action word, so it is a verb

        The work took hours to complete

  1.   2.

What part of speech is work?

The students have three clues:

1. It is a thing, so it is a noun. 

 2. It is number (1), so it should be the subject, so it should be a noun

 3.  It comes before a verb, so it should be the subject, so it is a noun


Unique learning modalities for all students are addressed in APV. In this way the school is able to close the achievement gap between the ELLS and the regular mainstream students. This results in student motivation since all students are learning in the unique way that allows them to understand.

Ms. Alhassan