Tag Archives: academic vocabulary

Enough Vocabulary?

Are your kindergarteners working with enough vocabulary? Research by Wright and Neuman, and recently published in the Elementary School Journal, concludes that children are not. Specifically, most reading programs expose children to 2 words each week and it is recommended … Continue reading

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Expanding Vocabulary

In a piece for City Journal, E.D. Hirch writes about the importance of vocabulary and rich non-fiction text. He notes that the, “correlations between vocabulary size and life chances are as firm as any correlations in educational research.” Academic vocabulary … Continue reading

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The impact of CCSS on Instruction

Carol Jago, former president of the National Council of Teachers of English and current AP Literature content advisor for the College Board, shares insights into the Common Core and the impact they will have on instruction. Key points are addressed … Continue reading

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The read-aloud and Common Core

In a piece for Educational Leadership, William Himmele and Pérsida Himmele describe the important of read-alouds in the Common Core. This includes a chance to introduce more nonfiction to students and to build a “bank of academic vocabulary.” You can … Continue reading

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Common Core ‘Essentials’

David Burleson, superintendent in Newland, North Carolina, highlights key aspects of the Common Core for his constituents. Burleson notes that parents and students will see teachers emphasizing a) academic vocabulary b) the use of evidence to support responses and c) … Continue reading

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“Keep it or Junk it” an ESL Perspective

Dr. Pete Cobin, ELL Consultant with Washoe County School District, reviewed the lesson “Keep it or Junk it” and shared the following: There are two things in particular that I noticed. The emphasis on “What are you thinking? How do … Continue reading

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Sierra Vista & Westergard Train on the Basal Alignment Project

Sierra Vista and Westergard trained on the Basal Alignment Project today. Listed below are the resources used for the training as well as other materials referenced during the 90-minute session. Training Materials BAP Training PowerPoint Tomas and the Library Lady Questions Pictorial … Continue reading

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