Instruction in vocabulary is vital for student achievement in reading (NICHD, 2000) and essential for content attainment (Marzano, 2009). Students should be provided with multiple opportunities to read, write, define in their own words, speak and authentically interact with vocabulary in order for the instruction to be most effective.
Objective: By the end of this video, viewers will have an understanding of a variety of effective ways to teach vocabulary.
Essential Question: Why is explicit instruction in vocabulary crucial for content instruction?
Questions to consider as you watch the videos:
- How does Ms. Gallagher use the anchor chart to engage students in lesson vocabulary?
- What is the Word Knowledge Rating Chart and how is it used?
- How does Ms. Gallagher involve students and student language in vocabulary definitions?
- In what ways do the students engage with the vocabulary (writing, speaking)?
- How can I bring vocabulary instruction into my practice?
Tools & Templates
- Professional Learning Implementation Tool- Vocabulary Instruction
- Word Knowledge Rating Chart
- Multi-Frayer Document (revised)
- Vocabulary Word Bank– ACPS template adapted from Marzano
- Marzano Six Step Vocabulary Process (Secondary)
Texts on Vocabulary Instruction
- Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement (Marzano, 2004) Available from the Virtual PL Library
- Building Literacy in Social Studies (Ogle, Klemp, McBride, 2007) Available from the Virtual PL Library
- Building Content Literacy (Sejnost & Thiese, 2010) Available from the Virtual PL Library
- Teaching English Language Learners Across Content Areas (Haynes & Zacarian 2010) Available from the Virtual PL Library
- The Art & Science of Teaching/ Six Steps to Better Vocabulary Instruction (Marzano, 2009) ASCD
- Review of the Research on Vocabulary Instruction (NRTAC, 2010)
Tools & Templates Used in the Lesson
Ms. Gallagher’s Lesson Plan: Probability Lesson Plan