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Vocabulary Instruction

  1. 1. Vocabulary InstructionVocabulary Instruction …supporting students’ word awareness needs to be attended to explicitly and systematically. BringingWords to Life Beck, McKeown, and Kucan
  2. 2. Choosing Words to TeachChoosing Words to Teach Tier I most basic words clock, baby, happy Tier II high frequency for mature language users and are found across a variety of domains coincidence, absurd, fortunate Tier III words whose frequency of use is quite low and often limited to specific domains isotope, lathe, peninsula
  3. 3. Process for discriminatingProcess for discriminating Tier II WordsTier II Words List all H/M deemed voc. words. Check for words assessed. (selection test, theme skills, and summative). List all ELD words (ELD handbook) Check assessments. Select 15 most versatile, worthy words. Present all words and student friendly definitions for vocabulary of the week.
  4. 4. Instructional Sequence for NewInstructional Sequence for New WordsWords 1. Pronounce word 2. Students repeat word 3 times (parts, then fast) 3. Clarify part of speech 4. Provide accessible synonym and brief explanation 5. Provide multiple accessible examples (image, act out, “showing” sentence etc.) 6. Rephrase explanation, students complete sentence with new word Students visually SEE target word!
  5. 5. Throughout the weekThroughout the week Provide list of remaining words (not in the list of 15) and student friendly explanations. Add to vocabulary folder. Provide interactive activities for students to practice, expand knowledge of selected voc. words. Practice vocabulary words within PB pages (homework). Assess word knowledge (teacher generated) Extend and then maintain.
  6. 6. www.google.com Click on images You should be prompted to logon with your email user name and password Click on the thumbnail of the picture (at least 400 X 300 pixels) Click on see full size image When the full size picture appears, right click and then save picture as Save to a folder in the Public drive.
  7. 7. Remember that the Public drive is, indeed, public. You may also want to save images in your “H” drive, which only you can access. Select the appropriate folder in the Public drive to save and share the image.
  8. 8. … introducing new vocabulary should be thought about more as explaining a word’s meaning than providing a definition for the word. It is clear that a large and rich vocabulary is the hallmark of an educated individual. Students need to develop an interest and awareness in words beyond school vocabulary assignments in order to adequately build their vocabulary repertoires. Students need to keep using words if they are to “own” new words. Quotes fromQuotes from Bringing Words to LifeBringing Words to Life