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Word Pictures

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Children, like adults, learn concrete words more readily than abstract words.  A way to close the vocabulary gap for students (especially English Learners and students of poverty) is to support them in connecting written words and the concrete objects these words represent.  TextProject Word Pictures provides a vault of carefully chosen pictures to assist educators in making such connections.

Here are the TextProject Word Pictures titles, organized by usage.


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Core Vocabulary

The core vocabulary consists of the 4,000 simple word families which account for 90% of the words in written English.  Function words (e.g., the, of) and general academic words (e.g., compare, relate) are prominent in the core vocabulary but there are also many concept words which can be pictured.

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Literature Words

Many of important concepts in literature can be easily explained using pictures. This set of TextProject Word Pictures provides pictures of concepts that are critical to particular literary texts.

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Originally designed to supplement QuickReads print edition, TextProject: Word Pictures helps English Language Learners connect key words to concepts they may already know.

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Content Area

Vocabulary in content area can represent key ideas. For example, vocabulary from a study of plants may include photosynthesis, roots, and leaves. Without the understanding of this key vocabulary, a student's understanding of a topic may be deficient. This set of TextProject Word Pictures provides pictures of imagable concepts that are critical to particular content areas.

Reading Aloud to Extend Knowledge

When students become familiar with some of the key words within a subject, build on that knowledge by reading aloud tradebooks on those subjects.