Building Academic Vocabulary
With the Common Core calling for students to show deeper understanding of complex texts, teachers will need to support them in developing and accessing academic vocabulary. This collection highlights five pieces exploring the research-based practices for vocabulary instruction as described in the Practice Guide, Adolescent Literacy.
First in the collection is an interview with Mary Curtis of Lesley University, who describes the importance of explicit vocabulary instruction across subject areas. Next, an overview presentation describes specific ways teachers can help students become independent vocabulary learners. The remaining pieces are classroom-based videos exploring different aspects of vocabulary teaching and learning: instruction focused on word roots, vocabulary games in a math class, and strategies for working with English learners.
For more details on vocabulary instruction, download and read the Practice Guide.