10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area

10 Dos & Don’ts For Teaching Vocabulary In Any Content Area

With the Common Core adoption in the United States, teaching vocabulary is no longer strictly the domain of the English-Language Arts classroom.

While Robert Marzano has been promoting the instruction of academic vocabulary for years–and many school literacy plans have included reading and writing across the content areas for years–it is now a matter of standard and law.

Which makes it kind of a big deal.

And while a small portion of non-ELA teachers may wonder (sometimes out loud) why they have to do “ELA teachers’ jobs and their jobs too,” this is a change that’s been a long time in coming. The above infographic from eyeoneducation.com offers up some simply tips in Dos-and-Don’ts format–brief enough to be practical, and simple enough for even the most novice teacher to use.

10 dos and donts for vocabulary instruction

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  • Dine (Navajo) paradigm is another way of understanding the new ways to teach Vocabulary:
    Observe-manipulate the word, What kind of meaning does it have? Think about what it means, Speak or collaborate with a classmate about the new terms, plan a way to understand the word with a classmate, use the new terms in real life, what is the change or result of knowing the new terms? Reflect.

  • I would add one more DO to this list and that is to mainly work with vocabulary that can fit onto the scaffolding that the students already have access to. Teaching words that they can’t readily incorporate into what they can say ( in sentences) will limit their ability to remember it,

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