Align vocabulary instruction with the curriculum and give at-risk students the vocabulary they need for success in the classroom. These lessons progress systematically and give plenty of practice opportunities.
- Use grade-level, curricular vocabulary
- Experience greater success in the classroom and on tests
The book is divided into 43 six-page lessons that are appropriate for individual instruction, small groups, or entire classrooms. Each lesson presents a group of ten words and uses this progression of activities:
- word definitions
- fill-in-the-blanks using words in the word bank
- word associations using words in the word bank
- write a sentence using each word
- crossword puzzle
- word search puzzle
The lessons are grouped by subject areas that are further divided into related topics. The subject areas and examples of the vocabulary words are:
- Art—casting, collage, contour, pigment
- Biology—aorta, heredity, herbivore, embryo
- Consumer—balance, expenditure, mortgage, residential
- Earth Science—atmosphere, deciduous, delta, epicenter, condensation
- English—apostrophe, metaphor, plagiarism, their/they're
- Government—economy, monarchy, majority, veto
- Health—introvert, dehydration, emphysema, bulimia
- History—secede, ration, colonies, loyalists
- Keyboarding—directory, header/footer, cursor
- Math—angle, denominator, integer, volume
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- A systematic approach to teaching vocabulary, including direct and indirect instruction, teaches students that vocabulary is important for learning language and for reading (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).
- Five components of instruction needed to address older students who are struggling to read include word study, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and motivation (Roberts, Torgesen, Boardman, & Scammacca, 2008).
- Dockrell, Lindsay, and Connelly (2009) found that adolescents with specific language impairment (SLI) showed limited growth in their written language abilities in the middle school years, which is associated with limited oral vocabulary development.
- Fisher and Blachowicz (2005) found semantic connections among words, including instruction on synonyms, antonyms, and word classes, beneficial for significant gains in vocabulary development among struggling readers and English language learners.
- Using targeted vocabulary from the current curriculum helps adolescents close the achievement gap and gives them a feeling of inclusion in coursework with peers (McDonald, Thornley, Staley, & Moore, 2009).
100% Curriculum Vocabulary Grades 6-12 incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. New York: Guilford Press.
Dockrell, J.E., Lindsay, G., & Connelly, V. (2009). The impact of specific language impairment on adolescents' written text. Exceptional Children, 75(4), 427-446.
Fisher, P.J., & Blachowicz, C.L.Z. (2005). Vocabulary instruction in a remedial setting. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 21, 281-300.
McDonald, T., Thornley, C., Staley, R., & Moore, D.W. (2009). The San Diego striving readers' project: Building academic success for adolescent readers. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(8), 720-722.
Roberts, G., Torgesen, J.K., Boardman, A., & Scammacca, N. (2008). Evidence-based strategies for reading instruction of older students with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research, 23(2), 63-69.