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2.8.2 Teaching Vocabulary to Develop Academic Language

The CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy places a great emphasis on developing students’ general academic and domain-specific vocabulary. This standard occurs under the Reading and Language Strands of the CA CCSS. Although the CA CCSS Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects 6–12 do not include the Language Strand, it is important for content area teachers to understand and address these standards through instruction.
 

Reading Standard 4

RH.6–8.5 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

RH.9–10.5 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.

RH.11–12.5 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

Language Standard 6

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
 

Time to Read

Take time to read the following articles about how to develop students' general academic and domain-specific vocabulary, which is especially important for ELs. Take note of the suggestions for developing vocabulary in the history/social studies classroom.

Reframing English Language Development,” by teacher Shannon Carey at the Melrose Leadership Academy, and published by the National History Education Clearinghouse.

“Teaching Vocabulary,” by teacher Lisa Meyers from Rancho Santa Margarita, and available on pages 13–14 of The Source: Teaching the Common Core (California History-Social Science Project: 2013).

Time to Reflect

Reflect on the ideas presented in the three articles about academic language and vocabulary to answer the following journal question.

 

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