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ERIC Number: EJ913776
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Words Students Need
Lawrence, Joshua F.; White, Claire; Snow, Catherine E.
Educational Leadership, v68 n2 p23-26 Oct 2010
Students who struggle with reading comprehension in middle school often lack the academic vocabulary the need to understand grade-level textbooks and other instructional materials. Research shows that to learn a new word well, students need to encounter and use it multiple times in different contexts. The authors describe Word Generation, a whole-school vocabulary program that introduces students to academic words that commonly occur across content areas. Students are introduced to 5-7 words each week in the context of a high-interest reading passage about a controversial topic. They encounter these words and use them in topic-related learning activities in various academic classes throughout the week. Preliminary research in Boston Public Schools shows that Word Generation builds academic vocabulary, which translates into improved literacy. (Contains 6 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System