This week, two of our posts specifically addressed building student vocabulary, reminding us once again of the important correlation between words and one’s ability to read and understand increasingly complex text. As our favorite today, we return you to two posts that we think might help shed a bit more light on this topic. In Why We Need to Grow Student Vocabulary we begin by looking closely at the Marilyn Jager Adams quote that introduces the Common Core’s explanation of the importance of academic vocabulary:
Words are not just words. They are the nexus—the interface—between communication and thought. When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford. (Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, Appendix A, p. 32)
In this post, we explore why vocabulary is such a critical piece of literacy development. However, realizing that something is important is only half the battle; the next step is figuring out how to teach vocabulary, which we address in this three and half minute video titled Teaching Academic Vocabulary.
As you consider our ideas for deep processing, we leave you with one final question as you head into the weekend, what are you doing to help children know more words?