- How do I help students internalize new words?
- How can I liven up my vocabulary instruction?
- How do I scaffold vocabulary for all students?
Why It Works
- A systematic approach to vocabulary instruction creates opportunities for students to build and apply academic vocabulary daily.
- When students interact with carefully selected vocabulary, they develop the skills needed to tackle unfamiliar words across content areas.
- With continuous use of academic vocabulary, students work towards permanent ownership of words.
How to Implement This Routine
Identify a handful of key vocabulary terms.
Quickly assess students’ familiarity with terms.
Point out word parts and cognates.
Provide a simple definition, example, and visual.
Have students generate personal definitions, associations, examples and visuals.
Re-assess, post, and revisit new words.