Using visual literacy to teach vocabulary


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First presented at the TN Spec Education Conference 2012 at Opryland Hotel. It is important to use visuals to teach vocabulary. Here are suggestions as to how you can make this happen.

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Using visual literacy to teach vocabulary

  1. 1. Using Visual Literacy To Teach Vocabulary Keith Pruitt, Ed.S.Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting
  2. 2. If teachers are teaching only 200 words per year, by 4th grade students willalready be 50% behind where they need to be. --Keith Pruitt How Great is the Deficit? Turn and Talk Deficit of 800 words
  3. 3. Beck, McKeown, Kucan• Vocabulary must first be orally introduced.• Vocabulary is not grade specific.• Words must be explained, not defined.• Must be contextualized.• Multiple usages in a meaningful context (8-10).• Create Schema (visual representation)• Students reflect with each other• Three Tiers of Vocabulary
  4. 4. The Work of J R Anderson Discards OR Sensory Working Permanent Memory Memory Memory FilesThis speaks to why creating schema is so very important.Anderson, J.R. (1995). Learning and memory: An integrated approach. New York: JohnWiley & Sons
  5. 5. Teacher Presented Visuals The word we are going to talk about is invisible.So what would that mean? If something is invisible, you can’t see it.
  6. 6. Invisible
  7. 7. Pollen
  8. 8. © Art by Keithantenna
  9. 9. Exaggerate Beck and McKeown, Elements of Reading Vocabulary, Steck Vaughn, 2004
  10. 10. scheming
  11. 11. Bison
  12. 12. The bear was very fatigued from walking so far.Fatigue
  13. 13. Today in science we aretalking about volcanoes.
  14. 14. Mt. Saint Helens
  15. 15. What Words can Iteach based on the video just seen? Turn and Talk
  16. 16. Here are realstudents workingwith words in areal classroom.There are a widevariety ofstudents in thisclassroomincluding IEPstudents.
  17. 17. Provide purpose for readingGlossary terms are highlighted fingerprint Terms are defined for the students in words they can understand Pearson Longman, Keystone, Level E
  18. 18. Student Created VisualRepresentation
  19. 19. How To Use Visual Literacy to Teach Reading
  20. 20. Making Learning More Concrete
  21. 21. It is so important for children S to have words. U As a teacher, the mostimportant teaching I can do is C to give students words. C EAnd when I have done that I will experience one of the Smost delightful words in the S dictionary…
  22. 22. Thank You Keith Pruitt, Ed.S. Words of Wisdom Educational