Vocabulary instruction

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2015-04-28

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Cuthbertson, Michelle

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This paper examines the importance of vocabulary instruction both in and out of the language arts classroom. Research has shown that despite a word gap between high and low socioeconomic families, both direct and indirect instruction is beneficial in raising students’ level of vocabulary understanding and thus reading comprehension. Following an examination of research, this project gives practical suggestions for teachers to use in their classrooms in order to increase vocabulary instruction and retention. Included are lists of recommended read-alouds for the middle school classroom, vocabulary games and professional resources for teachers.

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vocabulary, middle school, reading, language arts

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