Academic Vocabulary Builds Student Achievement
Use Simple Steps to Build Vocab
First introduce a small number of key words, then have students work in groups to see if they know any of them. Follow with the use of drawings and physical gestures (for example, with the word "fact" the teacher could point to the ground and stomp her foot, and with the word "opinion" she could point to her mind). Lastly, include sentence stems where students can apply the newly-learned words (perhaps in a question/answer mode with partners). For example:
Q: "We are in a classroom. Is that a fact or an opinion?"
A: "'We are in a classroom' is a fact."
Time, Expertise, and Relevance
A Return to Our Roots
Example: Root of the Week
a-, ab-, abs- "away, from"
averse: opposed to; have a dislike for it
aberration: a deviation; an abnormality
abstract: expressing a quality drawn away from an object
absent: not present or existing; missing; lacking
Source: Pamela Smith, Literacy Coach, North Stafford High School, Stafford, Va.
Words Your Way
Greek and Latin Roots in the Common Core State Standards
Root-specific standards are located in the "Foundational Skills" and "Language/Vocabulary Acquisition and Use" sections of the standards.
Sample standards, grades K–5:
Sample standards, grades 6–12:
For more information about these Common Core standards, see http://www.corestandards.org.
Source: Adapted with permission from Nancy Padak.