Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 163 pages
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In Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher?s Manual, Robert J. Marzano and Debra J. Pickering give teachers a practical way to help students master academic vocabulary. Research shows that when teachers, schools, and districts take a systematic approach to helping students identify and master the essential vocabulary and concepts of a given subject area, student comprehension and achievement rises. The accompanying student notebooks give students a format to help them develop an understanding of essential subject area terms in a variety of modes: writing, drawing, collaboration, and individual and group review activities.In the manual, readers will find the following tools:?A method to help teachers, schools, and districts determine which academic vocabulary terms are most essential for their needs.?A six-step process for direct instruction in subject-area vocabulary. ?A ?how to? for using the student notebooks. The six-step method encourages students to learn critical academic vocabulary by connecting terms to prior knowledge using linguistic and nonlinguistic means and games and activities that further encourage the refinement and deepening of their understanding.?Suggestions for tailoring academic vocabulary procedures for English language learners.?Samples and blackline masters for a variety of games and activities that reinforce and refine student understanding of the academic terms and concepts they learn. The book also includes a list of 7, 923 vocabulary terms culled from national standards documents and other publications, organized into 11 subject areas and four grade-level categories.Building Academic Vocabulary puts into practice the research and ideas outlined in Marzano?s previous book, Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement. The teacher?s manual and student notebooks will help educators to guide students in using tools and activities that will deepen their understanding of critical academic vocabulary--the building blocks for achievement in each discipline.

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Dr. Robert J. Marzano is CEO and co-founder of Marzano Research Laboratory, which specializes in school reform efforts to enhance student academic achievement. Over his 40 years in education, the central theme of his work has been translating research and theory into practical programs and tools for teachers and administrators. He is the author of more than 30 books, 150 articles, and more than 100 curriculum guides and related materials for teachers and students.

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