Vocabulary InstructionVocabulary Instruction
…supporting students’ word awareness needs to be
attended to explicitly and systematically.
BringingWords to Life Beck, McKeown, and Kucan
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,
Tier III words whose frequency of use is
quite low and often limited to specific
domains isotope, lathe, peninsula
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,
List all ELD words (ELD handbook) Check
Select 15 most versatile, worthy words.
Present all words and student friendly
definitions for vocabulary of the week.
Instructional Sequence for NewInstructional Sequence for New
1. Pronounce word
2. Students repeat word 3 times (parts, then fast)
3. Clarify part of speech
4. Provide accessible synonym and brief
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!
Throughout the weekThroughout the week
Provide list of remaining words (not in the list
of 15) and student friendly explanations. Add to
Provide interactive activities for students to
practice, expand knowledge of selected voc.
Practice vocabulary words within PB pages
Assess word knowledge (teacher generated)
Extend and then maintain.
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.
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.
… 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.
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