The Vocabulary Imperative: Not Just 'More' Words, But More Functional Words
Words. Schools are swimming in them. Children are swimming in them too, and potentially drowning in them. A recent Education Week article discussed the need for students to "learn more words ," stating that "[v]ocabulary is a deceptively simple literacy skill, but [one] which has proved frustratingly difficult to address." Indeed, a researcher cited in the article said she'd found "a very haphazard approach" to teaching vocabulary in schools"vocabulary choices were not based on frequency, not based on the supporting academic words children need to know," nor were they based "content-rich words."
So which words should you teach? When? Where? How? It is not enough to teach more words, or even just "content-rich words." Teachers need a driving framework that connects words to the lived experiences of children both in and...
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