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Vocabulary Strategies

It is vital that teachers give students the tools for acquiring their own rich vocabulary.  Students will learn many words when they encounter them in meaningful contexts, but other words must be directly taught .  Repeated meaningful encounters with words in read-alouds, in conversation, in personal reading, in discussion, or in media viewing can lead students to build vocabulary over time.  Teachers should model effective word learning strategies for students.

Think Aloud

Vocabulary Self-Selection Strategy

Contextual Redefinition

PAVE Procedure


Language Collection Sheet

Student VOC Strategy

Word Banks

12 Powerful Words That Challenge Students on Standardized Tests


Websites on Vocabulary Strategies:

All America Reads Vocabulary Strategies - PDF

Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
Technology Tools