Students do not acquire academic language simply by listening to literate presentations by teachers. ~Kate Kinsella
Academic Vocabulary Steps 1-6
Step 1 • Provide a description, explanation, or example of the new term. • When working with ELL students the teacher should provide any cognates if possible. • It is important to provide a visual representation of the word.
Step 2 • Ask students to restate the description, explanation, or example in their own words. • ELL students may write their definition in their native language.
Step 3 • Ask students to construct a picture, symbol, or graphic of the word. • This activity is critical to ELL students.
Step 4 • Engage students periodically in activities that help them add to their knowledge of the terms in their notebooks.
Activities to deepen the students understanding of the terms: • Free Association • Classifying Terms • Concept Circles • Semantic Mapping • Analogies • Metaphors • Vocabulary Word Box • Comparing Terms • Venn Diagram • Sentence Stems
Concept Circle foot yard inch centimeter Which one doesn’t belong? WHY?
Analogy is to AS is to
Analogy sum is to add AS product is to
Analogy sum is to add AS product is to multiply
Venn Diagram ABC order word descriptions parts of speech a book of definitions may give many different meanings found in the back of books, to help understand word meanings sometimes has the page number where the word is found dictionary glossary
Step 5 • Periodically ask students to discuss the terms with one another.
Interaction deepens the understanding of terms! • Turn and Talk • Think-Pair-Share • Review their descriptions and pictures with partners. • Talk about new information they have learned. • Look for clarification • Share back with the whole class. • Clear up any misconceptions or confusion!!
Step 6 • Involve students periodically in games that allow them to play with terms.
Games • Hot Seat • Vocabulary Man • Tennessee Website • Bingo (template provided--add your own terms)