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Vocabulary has always been critical to learning. With the emphasis on Common Core standards, more teachers are realizing the need for targeted vocabulary instruction.

[edit] What Not To Do

Some common elements of vocabulary instruction could actually be working against you:

  • Don't give students a long list of words each week. Focus instead on deeper understanding of fewer words, for long--term acquisition.
  • Don't have students copy definitions. Focus instead on having them work with words, using some of the strategies below.
  • Don't "hit-and-run" (new words every week). Review and recycle vocabulary constantly, holding students accountable for using terms in multiple settings. Maintain a word wall of previously learned words.
  • Be careful with synonyms. Two words may have similar meanings, but encourage students to explore the shadings of difference between terms.

[edit] Strategies

  • Freyer model: