Whether working with students in an upper elementary, middle school or high school classroom, teachers are responsible for helping students explore the complexities of vocabulary instruction. In 35 Strategies for Developing Content Area Vocabulary offers teachers in grades 4-12 concrete directives for addressing vocabulary instruction in content area lessons. They categorize their strategy presentation in four explicit ways; preparing to learn words, building word knowledge, appying word knowledge or encouraging word learning. Teachers utilizing these strategies will become more precise in their instruction and better meet the needs of ALL their students including English Learners because student achievement is dependent on their mastery of the specialized vocabulary related to various content area disciplines and is highly correlated to their reading comprehension.
Andrea M. Guillaume is a Professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. She began her active teaching journey as a public school teacher and continues that journey by working with preservice and practicing teachers at the university and in local schools. She writes numerous articles and books for teachers, exploring her professional interests in pedagogy, content area instruction, and teacher development.
Introduction Strategies 1. Concept of Definition Word Map 2. Possible Sentences 3. Frayer Model 4. Semantic Feature Analysis 5. Sketch to Stretch 6. Ten Most Important Words 7. Semantic Maps 8. Vocabulary Knowledge Ratings 9. Concept Guide 10. Vocab Cards 11. Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy (VSS) 12. Semantic Gradients 13. Word Decisions 14. Word Chains 15. Clues and Questions 16. Vocabulary Games 17. Word Trees 18. Word Walls 19.Data Retrieval Charts 20. Word Journals 21. Dictionaries 22. Home Connections 23. Morphemic Analysis 24. Analogies 25. Word Histories 26. KIM (Knowledge Information Memory) Charts 27. Context Clues 28. Keyword Method 29. Content Area Read Alouds 30. Readers Theater 31. Student-made Books 32. Poetry 33. Vocabulary Graffiti 34. Word Posters 35.I-Search a Word References
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