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Vocabulary Development tutorial


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This tutorial provides an overview of the vocabulary development assignment.

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Vocabulary Development tutorial

  1. 1. Submit by 11:59 p.m. Sunday of Week 7, March 6, 2016. Please use the required template. Vocabulary Development Tutorial LIST 4373 SPRING 2016 Dr. Peggy Semingson Dear Students, Be sure to closely read this book! It will help you not just in English Language Arts Reading (ELAR) but it will help you in cross-curricular areas like math, science, and social studies! –Dr. Semingson Assignment Description: The vocabulary development activity will help you to develop rigorous and interactive vocabulary instruction. This is a task that will help you as you develop your lesson plan. Overview: You can use either Brown Girl Dreaming, Ida B, or a non-fiction or fiction book of your choice. Select 5-8 “Tier 2” vocabulary words (not rare but not easy words) that are high-utility words. Be sure you have carefully read the Bringing Words to Life text before starting this assignment. Design before, during, and after reading activities that help students to analyze the word’s structure, make sense of the words, and interact with their meanings. A vocabulary development tutorial will be provided to guide you as you complete this assignment. *I hope you enjoy creating ideas for this assignment!
  2. 2. The purpose of this brief tutorial…. • In this brief tutorial, you will deepen your understanding of vocabulary development and work towards creating authentic and rigorous vocabulary instruction. You will also create a visual way to display the 5-8 targeted tier 2 vocabulary books. This is a chance to apply ideas learned from the Bringing Words to Life text! • Click on the 2-minute video on the right to listen to a brief overview of this tutorial! 
  3. 3. Be sure you are familiar with the ELAR TEKS that relate to vocabulary • Click here for the ELAR TEKS: ter110/ch110a.html • Be sure you fully understand guided reading by reviewing the guided reading tutorial from last week, if needed. • The ideas in this lesson would be integrated into a larger guided reading lesson. • I hope you enjoy working on this lesson!  Image Source: Aaron Davis Creative Commons
  4. 4. Steps to getting started on this assignment….. • Read Brown Girl Dreaming or Ida B or your book of your choosing closely and carefully; note some of the Tier 2 vocabulary words. You have already read this for your book club! • Read the book Bringing Words to Life (required textbook) before or during your completion of this assignment. • Read the Vocabulary Development Tutorial PowerPoint closely and carefully prior to completing this assignment. • Design your vocabulary activities. Remember, you are designing vocabulary development instruction that you would potentially pose to students in an elementary level class. You must come up with your own original activities. • Remember, the ideas in this lesson are part of a guided reading lesson! Image source: NASA ry/index.html
  5. 5. You must create a visual component or a way to display your words (whether digital or print) • You must have a visual component to your vocabulary development (e.g., Piktochart, flashcard, sentence strips, index cards, white board, iPad app such as Quizlet/digital flashcards, etc.). • Also consider Popplet,, or Text2Mindmap ( to create a word map. • Review the Multimedia 101 tutorials on Blackboard! • You can also do something low-tech but do take a picture and insert the image into your assignment. Include the image or JPG/PNG at the end of the assignment. Source: Created by Dr. Peggy Semingson using Text2Mindmap (
  6. 6. Tier 2 Vocabulary • Read the ideas on Tier 2 vocabulary in Bringing Words to Life. • Skim the links to the right on Tier 2 vocabulary. Links on Tier 2 Vocabulary: • Choosing Words to Teach (this was in a previous tutorial): • article/choosing-words-teach • Examples of Tier 2 vocabulary words from Flocabulary: ordlists/ [Skim selected grade levels to get a sense of Tier 2 words.]
  7. 7. Displaying Words and Using Words • How will you display your words? • How will you also provide opportunities for students to use the words in multiple instances? • Video of displaying words in strategy “College Talk” • https://www.teachingchannel.or g/videos/improving-student- vocabulary
  8. 8. Before Reading • Before reading, display the words and echo read them with students. • Other activities can draw on ideas from Bringing Words to Life. • Include an image or images that show how you would provide a display of your words. Include this at the end of your lesson. Make sure it is something you created and not something found online. Source: Jonathan Assink Creative Commons
  9. 9. During Reading • During reading is the best time to refer to context clues. • There are lots of ideas in Bringing Words to Life on using context-based learning. Source: Image created by Dr. Semingson using the free mobile app Bitmoji.
  10. 10. After Reading • Revisit the text and the use of the word in the text. • Ask students to give an example of the word. • Revisit and/or add to the graphic organizer. • Other ideas can be drawn from Bringing Words to Life. • Avoid having students look up words in a dictionary. Source: Dr. Semingson’s Westie, Dexter.
  11. 11. Please consider using digital tools. Using digital tools will be expected in your future classroom. • Explore how to use digital tools for vocabulary on your own and locate tutorials on YouTube! Ideas are also in the Multimedia 101 tutorials on Blackboard in our course. • The article on evoc strategies is also a good resource for ideas: • Dalton, B., & Grisham, D. L. (2011). eVoc Strategies: 10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary. Reading Teacher, 64(5), 306-317. doi:10.1598/RT.64.5.1 9h&AN=58771203&site=ehost-live Source: Image created by Dr. Semingson using the free mobile app Bitmoji.
  12. 12. Final thoughts…. • Stay focused on rigorous and authentic vocabulary instruction! • Avoid having students draw a picture of the word. The pacing of the guided reading lesson means time is of the essence. • Include discussion and dialogue with the lesson! • You can do it! • NOTE: I encourage you to continue practicing writing and trying out the different approaches to vocabulary development questions in your work with students (e.g., tutoring, subbing, and interactions with school-aged children). Also, learn about vocabulary development through Google searches, reading teacher blogs, Pinterest boards, etc. • Email me or post to EdModo or BBIM (1-on-1) if you need help!  Source: Image created by Dr. Semingson using the free mobile app Bitmoji.