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Context Clues: Vocabulary Building

Lesson in Action
Standards: Language
Mr. Williams's 4th grade class has been studying the Middle Ages and is starting to explore the impact the Humanists had on society. To begin this lesson, the class will read a short text about...

Deepening content understanding in social studies using digital text and embedded vocabulary supports

Research
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Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
This article discusses a strand of research conducted by the Education Development Center, Inc. in collaboration with the National Center for Supported Electronic Text. The research investigated the...

Effective Vocabulary Instruction

Article
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Standards: Language
"This article for educators offers ideas for: effective vocabulary instruction strategies, indirect vocabulary instruction, direct vocabulary instruction, analyzing word structure, selecting...

Effects of Morphological Instruction on Vocabulary Acquisition

Research
Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
The study investigated the effectiveness of an intervention targeting morphological word structure on students’ vocabulary knowledge. The intervention program used a guided problem-solving approach...

Effects of a supplemental vocabulary program in third-grade reading/language arts

Standards: Foundational Skills
The study examined the effectiveness of Elements of Reading: Vocabulary on improving the vocabulary outcome of third-grade students. The year-long intervention utilized a randomized controlled trial...

Fostering the development of vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension through contextually-based multiple meaning vocabulary instruction

Research
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Standards: Language • Foundational Skills
The purpose of this study was to test the effects of vocabulary instruction, using words with multiple meanings (i.e., contextually-based multiple meaning vocabulary instruction), on the vocabulary...

Integrating Technology into the Classroom -- Part Two: Technology Supports for ELA

Article
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This session will offer educators the opportunity to learn about how to differentiate instruction with technology-supported evidence-based English Language Arts (ELA) and math strategies, while...

Introduction to Context Clues 508 Compliant Slideshow

Slideshow
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Standards: Language
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for English Language Arts: Context Clues.

Quick View: Captioning

Quick View
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Standards: Foundational Skills
Captions can provide struggling readers with additional print exposure, improving foundational reading skills. In a typical classroom, a teacher may find many students who are struggling readers,...

Quick View: Embedded Supports to Differentiate Instruction for Struggling Students

Quick View
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Standards: Language • Literature • Informational Text • Foundational Skills
To ensure that your students are college and career ready, you may need to incorporate a variety of supports into your English Language Arts (ELA) instruction, including Universal Design for Learning...

Quick View: Using Multimedia to Support Reading Instruction

Quick View
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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Speaking and Listening
Part of preparing students to become college and career ready involves helping them become adept at integrating and evaluating information in a variety of different media formats. To help students...

Quick View: Using Multimedia to Support Reading in Social Studies

Quick View
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Standards: Literacy in History/Social Studies • Literature • Informational Text
As students advance to upper elementary grades, there is a shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn", particularly with regard to content-area reading in history, social studies, and...

Research on Reading Practices

Bibliography
The PowerUp WHAT WORKS Team at the Center for Technology Implementation, has conducted extensive reviews of the literature on the teaching reading. View our bibliography for a collection of...

Teaching morphemic and contextual analysis to fifth-grade students

Research
Standards: Language
The study examined the effectiveness of using morphemic and contextual analysis on vocabulary learning and reading comprehension. Students were randomly assigned to groups of morphemic-only...

Tech Research Brief: Captioning to Support Literacy

Article
Standards: Foundational Skills
The use of captioned or subtitled media can be a great tool for teachers looking to differentiate classroom instruction. Consider using captioned or subtitled media whenever and wherever you use...

The effects of instruction using semantic mapping on vocabulary and comprehension

Research
Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
The study compared the effectiveness of semantic mapping and context clues on students’ vocabulary and comprehension. In the semantic mapping group, the students learned new words using related known...

The effects of strategy instruction on the comprehension performance of at-risk students

Research
Standards: Literature
The study examined the effects of two interventions on improving student reading comprehension. The first intervention was strategy instruction. In this condition, students were taught how to...

Using PowerUp for PD: Context Clues

Professional Development Support Material
Standards: Language
Find general directions, suggested activities, and support materials/activities for the Slide Show, Teach with Tech, and the Lessons in Action to use in your professional development.

Visualizing Vocabulary

Article
Standards: Language • Foundational Skills
This article from a teacher writing for the National Writing Project presents a series of creative activities that have advanced her high school students' vocabularies and impressed on them the power...