Academic Vocabulary - HCDE

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Harris County Department of Education, 6300 Irvington Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77022

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Audience - Grade K-12 Teachers, Leaders, Instructional Specialists

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All learning is social; vocabulary instruction should leverage interactions between teacher, student, and text such that students are continually growing in their ability to describe, explain, and query” (Fisher & Frey, 2014).

To deeply understand text, students must have the benefit of explicit vocabulary instruction. This session explores vocabulary instruction and oral language development and its relationship to comprehension. We introduce teachers and leaders to a vocabulary routine, provide guidance on how to select Tier 2 vocabulary words, and model techniques designed to lead to student ownership of vocabulary words.

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