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Episode 4: Academic Vocabulary for Adolescent Learners: USING Vocabulary in the service of Reading, Writing, and Discussion

This presentation will provide a brief overview of the importance of academic vocabulary knowledge for reading, writing, and discussion.

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This presentation will provide a brief overview of the importance of academic vocabulary knowledge for reading, writing, and discussion. We’ll explore research on general academic and discipline-specific vocabulary, as well as on morphology and connectives. We’ll also look at some of the most powerful instructional routines for helping adolescents develop their academic vocabulary knowledge.

Resources: Townsend, D. (2014). Who’s Using the Language? Supporting Middle School Students With Content Area Academic Language. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy: A Journal from the International Reading Association.

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Additional Resources

Thanks to Dianna Townsend for sending these additional resources for online tutoring!

Online Texts  

  • https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html – text sets/activities – really good! (free)  
  • https://www.storylineonline.net/ – authors and celebrities reading picture books aloud (free)  
  • https://www.vooks.com/ – Vooks – animated storybooks (pay)  
  • https://www.getepic.com/ – Epic – huge library of ebooks and audiobooks (pay)  
  • https://newsela.com/ – NewsELA – Create a free account to access interesting current event articles, each at multiple reading levels. Some articles also have comprehension questions and writing activities. Text sets (sets of articles around a theme) are also available. (lots of free content)  
  • https://www.readworks.org/ – ReadWorks – Create a free account to access articles, each at multiple reading levels. Some articles also have comprehension questions and writing activities. Text sets (sets of articles around a theme) are also available. (lots of free content) 

Online Instructional Resources  

Free decodable texts and plans –  https://portal.flyleafpublishing.com/ –

Online activities and tutorials on multiple components of literacy development (free) – https://education.ufl.edu/ufli/virtual-teaching/main/instructional-activities/

Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) Resources Page – https://fcrr.org/resources/index.html 

Small-Group Reading Instruction at a Distance by Nell Duke (1-hour webinar) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNHImv_iKEM&feature=youtu.be

Word Work at a Distance by Nell Duke (1-hour webinar) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFsKu7rf8_I

Takeaways from research on tutoring to address coronavirus learning loss by The Hechinger Report, May 2020 – https://hechingerreport.org/takeaways-from-research-on-tutoring-to-address-coronavirus-learning-loss/

How to Develop Culturally Responsive Teaching for Distance Learning by KQED Mindshift (Article) – https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55941/how-to-develop-culturally-responsive-teaching-for-distance-learning

Keeping Your Upper Elementary and Middle School Students Hooked on Words While at Home  by Shane Templeton (1-hour webinar)  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl1b7paawEU&feature=youtu.be

STARI Resources for Distance Learning in Middle Grades Literacy – https://www.serpinstitute.org/stari/distance-learning

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