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ERIC Number: EJ1004197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
How Can Teachers Increase Classroom Use of Academic Vocabulary?
Larson, Lisa; Dixon, Temoca; Townsend, Dianna
Voices from the Middle, v20 n4 p16-21 May 2013
The purpose for this action research study was to answer the question: "How can we enhance students' active engagement with academic vocabulary in social studies classes?" In this article, the authors share the strategies they developed through their research that proved most effective in engaging middle school students with active academic vocabulary use in social studies. They consider both general academic words and content-specific words, and highlight the power of word walls, morphology practice, matching activities, word sorts, and vocabulary journals in helping students access the abstract and dense social studies texts they encounter in such classrooms. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A