ERIC Number: EJ1025692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
In the Media: Expanding Students' Experience with Academic Vocabulary
McKeown, Margaret G.; Crosson, Amy C.; Artz, Nancy J.; Sandora, Cheryl; Beck, Isabel L.
Reading Teacher, v67 n1 p45-53 Sep 2013
How can we supplement the limited time available for vocabulary instruction while motivating students to attend to the words they are learning? As a part of an academic word vocabulary intervention, we challenged sixth-grade students to find their words in the world around them. This activity, In the Media, garnered responses from 51 of the 61 students involved in the intervention. Analysis of students' reading comprehension achievement showed that it was not just high-achieving students who responded; rather the full range of achievement was represented. Analysis of pretest and posttest data revealed that students who found more words had the highest gains in the final assessment. Examples of students' encounters and where they found them are discussed. These examples suggest that students developed flexible knowledge of their words, as they were able to find them in uses beyond those taught and in related forms that had not been introduced.
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Intervention, Grade 6, Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Program Effectiveness, Reading Achievement, Pretests Posttests, Relevance (Education), Mass Media
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6
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