ERIC Number: EJ1040826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
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Using a Generative Vocabulary Matrix in the Learning Workshop
Larson, Sue C.
Reading Teacher, v68 n2 p113-125 Oct 2014
As teachers organize classroom schedules to meet curricular demands and time constraints, they strive to seek ways to motivate and sustain student engagement in quality vocabulary instruction, enjoyable learning experiences, and interesting informational books. This article addresses these concerns and describes a vocabulary acquisition strategy called the Generative Vocabulary Matrix (GVM). The GVM is an interactive concept organizer that scaffolds student engagement in meaning-making discourse to develop background knowledge. Teacher teams applied research on motivation and literacy to design a disciplinary science unit using a GVM as a tool for supporting conceptual understanding within a Learning Workshop context. Because learning activities resembled the language and practices that experts actually use in their field, including drawing from a richly structured schema, the GVM supports a disciplinary literacy approach for young learners.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Vocabulary Development, Learning Experience, Reading Materials, Matrices, Concept Formation, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Knowledge Level, Teacher Collaboration, Student Motivation, Learning Activities, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Workshops
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