Academic Vocabulary Strategies Module

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About the Authors

Ginger Black, M.Ed., - Ginger is a doctoral candidate at Gardner-Webb University. Her current research is on critical thinking. She currently teaches 4th Grade transitional students at Pumpkin Center Intermediate School in Lincoln County and has been teaching 12 years. She is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching cycling, running, and spending time with family.

LaShay Conley, M.Ed. - LaShay is a doctoral candidate at Gardner-Webb University. She currently teaches third grade students with an EC and ESL Cluster at Nathaniel Alexander Elementary School in Mecklenburg County. She is a leader on her grade level, chair of the School Leadership Team and Social Committee, and has led professional development at her site. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, shopping, running, traveling, and playing with her puppy.

Shamona Fernanders, M.Ed. - Shamona is a doctoral candidate at Gardner-Webb University. Her current research is on the impact of a reading intervention on reading achievement. She is licensed in middle school English language arts and school administration and is endorsed gifted and talented instruction. She currently teaches 7th Grade ELA at John E. Ewing Middle School in Cherokee County, SC. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and singing with and directing her church choir.

Katrissa Fisher, M.Ed., NBCT – Katrissa is a doctoral candidate at Gardner-Webb University. Her current research is on increasing graduation rates. She has 15 years of experience at the middle school level and 6 years as a graduation coach at South Central High School in Pitt County Schools. She is a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys baking.

Module Description

This module will provide K-12 educators, in various content areas, with research-based academic vocabulary strategies that can be used to inform their instructional practices. The module explains the term academic vocabulary in depth and addresses the importance of students being able to read, interpret, and analyze vocabulary in context. After viewing several research-based strategies, the module will provide educators with tools to plan for and assess the implementation of the vocabulary strategies.


Subjects

The following words or phrases may be used to search for this PLM:


  • academic vocabulary
  • academic language 
  • academic vocabulary strategies
  • academic language strategies
  • vocabulary instruction
  • Marzano's 6 step process

Resources Used to Develop Site

National Research Council. (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school (expanded edition). Committee on Developments in the Science of Learning. J. D. Bransford, A. L., Brown, A., & R. R. Cocking (Eds.), Washington, DC: National Academy Press.


The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (2005). How people learn: Presenting the learning theory and inquiry cycle on which the IRIS Modules are built. Retrieved on [June, 16, 2016] from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/hpl/

Terms of Use

The learning cycle featured in this project is based on the STAR Legacy Cycle developed by the IRIS Center (2013;http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/) and based on the work of Dr. John Branford and colleagues (National Research Council, 2000).