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Scholastic Reading Summit

In Coronado, CA

The building blocks of complex text are facility with words and their meanings and background knowledge. The way to ensure both word knowledge and world knowledge is to increase the amount of well-designed vocabulary instruction in classrooms as well as the amount that students read. This session provides the five most critical facts about vocabulary that can transform student learning. Each fact is accompanied by an action that educators can take right now and a link to an open-access resource on the web for supporting that action. 

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Vocabulary Matters: 5 Facts and Actions

 

The building blocks of complex text are facility with words and their meanings and background knowledge. The way to ensure both word knowledge and world knowledge is to increase the amount of well-designed vocabulary instruction in classrooms as well as the amount that students read. This session provides the five most critical facts about vocabulary that can transform student learning. Each fact is accompanied by an action that educators can take right now and a link to an open-access resource on the web for supporting that action. 

Click on each word fact or word action to jump to that section of the video.

  Word Fact Word Action Open-Access Resource
1 Texts have more rare words than talk and English has more words than can be taught.  Teach students to expect new words in texts. Talking Points for Teachers:  New Words in New Texts
2 Small group of words does heavy lifting in text. Expose students to many topics & increase reading volume.  FYI for Kids, Talking Points for Kids, SummerReads
3 Words are part of networks—synonym sets in narratives and topically related words in informational texts. Teach networks of similar-meaning words (stories) and networks of concepts in topics (informational texts).
4 Words are part of families. Teach words in families. S4 & E4
5 Concrete words are learned faster than abstract ones. When appropriate, teach new concepts with pictures. Word Pictures--Core Vocabulary, Literature Words, Content Areas
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Vocabulary Matters: Five Facts and Five Actions

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Dr. Hiebert presents five facts about vocabulary instruction and five actions teachers can take to help students learn vocabulary in an effective manner.

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New Words in New Texts

Why? 

Develop the understanding that every complex text has new, challenging vocabulary. Vocabulary instruction gives students the means for figuring out new words in text, not instruction in every single word that might appear in new texts.

When? 

Talks about the vocabulary of new texts need to occur across a school year (with extra doses prior to assessment periods).

How?

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What? 

Here are some of the talking points for a conversation between teachers and middle-school students about new vocabulary in complex texts:

  • "One of your goals as middle schoolers is to understand that any new text likely has words that you haven’t seen before."
  • "This is a text from one of the sample assessments for the new state test. This text might look like it is hard and it may even be on the first read. But I’ve studied the text and I  know that all of you know most of the words. Even most of the words that you don’t know (point to rusty and stunt) can be figured out with the word skills you have."
  • "Also remember that words that are capitalized inside sentences are usually names. The strategy with names is to do the best you can, knowing that names are often pronounced in unusual ways because they may come from different languages. In this case, the person’s last name is one that you can figure out with your knowledge of words (demonstrate with Ear  hart)."
  • "That leaves two words that are multisyllabic in the text and that you might not be able to read (point to exhibition and aviation). I want you to read this paragraph and see if you can figure out these words.
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Vocabulary Matters: 5 Facts, Actions, and Resources

The building blocks of complex text are facility with words and their meanings and background knowledge. The way to ensure both word knowledge and world knowledge is to increase the amount of well-designed vocabulary instruction in classrooms as well as the amount that students read. This session provides the five most critical facts about vocabulary that can transform student learning. Each fact is accompanied by an action that educators can take right now and a link to an open-access resource on the web for supporting that action. 

Word Fact Word Action Open-Access Resource
1. Texts have more rare words than talk and English has more words than can be taught.  1. Teach students to expect new words in texts. 1.  Talking Points for Teachers:  New Words in New Texts
2. Small group of words does heavy lifting in text. 2. Expose students to many topics & increase reading volume.  2.  FYI for Kids, Talking Points for Kids, SummerReads
3. Words are part of networks—synonym sets in narratives and topically related words in informational texts 3. Teach networks of similar-meaning words (stories) and networks of concepts in topics (informational texts). 3.  •Synonym Clusters in Narratives:  Super Synonym Sets for Stories (S4) & Exceptional Expressions for Everyday Events (E4)•Topical Clusters in Informational Texts:  Word Pictures--Core Vocabulary & Content Areas
4. Words are part of families. 4. Teach words in families. 4. S4 & E4
5. Concrete words are learned faster than abstract ones. 5. When appropriate, teach new concepts with pictures. 5.  Word Pictures--Core Vocabulary, Literature Words, Content Areas