Vocabulary Instruction Across the Content Areas

  • Selected Literacy Topics: Content Area Literacies
  • File Type: Video
  • Until now “assign, define, and test” has been the default strategy for teaching vocabulary in many classrooms. Unfortunately that will not close the word gap that learners experience. In this Web seminar, presenters Doug Fisher and Carol Rothenberg demonstrate the benefits of focusing on a five-part framework for teaching vocabulary, addressing these main goals:  Make it intentional: purposefully select words for instruction and use the word lists wisely; Make it transparent: model word-solving and word-learning for students; Make it useable: offer peer collaboration and oral practice to lock in concepts; Make it personal: provide independent practice so students own words; and, Make it a priority: create a school-wide initiative for word learning.

    The web seminar linked above is in a file format that requires you to have the most recent version of Java installed on your electronic device. Please visit the Java website to download and install Java.


     Access to this resource has been provided by the National Council of Teachers of English, an NCLE Stakeholder Organization.