50 Content Area Strategies for Adolescent Literacy:
This book is available in the Maysville 6-12 library.
Academic Vocabulary is an initiative of Tennessee's Department of Education. The goal of this project is to provide teachers a list of common terms or phrases aimed at improving vocabulary development of students in Tennessee. Although there is no single best way to teach terms and phrases, Dr. Marzano's research and theory on vocabulary development does point to a few generalizations that provide strong guidance. This site is dedicated to the sixth step in that process by providing a collection of games and activities designed to review and strengthen vocabulary development.
This site was designed to meet the particular needs of my first-year recent immigrant students. The majority of links and activities are appropriate for students whose English ability ranges from entry-level to intermediate. This is a multimedia learning site. Most activities require one of the following plug-ins: Flash, Shockwave, or a media player (such as Real Alternative). These plug-ins can be easily acquired through links on my downloads page.
When students do not understand an author's vocabulary, they cannot fully understand the text. Good vocabulary instruction emphasizes useful words (words that students see frequently), important words (key words that help students understand the text), and difficult words (idiomatic words, words with more than one meaning, etc.).
This site includes a number of strategies related to learning vocabulary, such as a general approach to unfamiliar vocabulary words, predictions based on the context, word elements, and do's and don'ts of teaching vocabulary (Scroll down for vocabulary section).
This is an overview article on one approach to teaching vocabulary that includes focusing on vocabulary learning, moving from isolation to context, and selecting words for instruction.
This is a research-based article on strategies useful for teaching vocabulary. It includes teaching new terms in the context of a meaningful subject matter lesson, guidelines for selecting vocabulary to be learned, facilitating paraphrasing of the definitions of new terms, making background knowledge connections to the new terms, identifying examples/applications as well as non-examples/non-applications, and creating multiple formats that students can use to elaborate on the meaning of new terms
This site provides an overview of vocabulary development in content areas. It includes links to other sites.
University of Alaska LitSite:
This section is full of activities and exercises contributed by educators, parents and students from around Alaska. The Reading and Writing Workbooks are divided into sections based on level. The first section is applicable for use at Multiple Skill Levels including exercises for adults. The subsequent exercises are grade-specific: The Elementary section is for beginning readers and writers, and is further divided into Pre-School/Kindergarten, First through Third Grade, and Fourth through Sixth Grade. The Middle School section includes activities for Seventh through Ninth Grade, and High School for Tenth through Twelfth Grade.
Vocabulary (includes ACT practice)
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Use Education World's Vocab-u-lous! feature to challenge your middle-grades and high-school students to build a fabulous vocabulary. Students will use their dictionaries to help them figure out which of nine challenging Word Bank words fits in each of the ten sentences on the Vocab-u-lous! activity sheet.
Vocabulary Teaching Methods: International Reading Association National Panel Reading Report:
This is a report from the International Reading Association on the latest findings in best strategies for teaching vocabulary. Some of strategies included are: practicing to increase capacity, association, keyword method, pre-teaching of vocabulary, and context method.
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