Modifications

Pre-Teach Content Vocabulary


STUDENTS NEED TO:

  • Learn and recognize terms that are unique to content area
  • Learn specialized meanings of common words
  • Learn symbols and abbreviations unique to the subject
  • Learn word connotations
  • Understand that words change in meaning and pronunciation.
  • Learn skills to continue increasing vocabulary independently

DECIDE WHICH WORDS TO TEACH:

  • List key concepts
  • Pick out the most crucial terms
  • Find out which words they already know
  • Teach words that will lead to the learning of additional words

TEACHING CONTENT VOCABULARY

  • Teach meaning - Tie to concepts
  • Avoid lists of words
  • Avoid unrelated exercises
  • Teach strategies for learning new words
  • Use new words repeatedly in conversation
  • Teach use of dictionary
  • Teach ways to figure out new words:
    • Context Clues
    • Phonic analysis
    • Structural analysis
    • Combination
    • Authority