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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 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...

Effects of interactive vocabulary instruction on the vocabulary learning and reading comprehension of junior-high learning disabled students

Research
Standards: Language
The study examined the effectiveness of interactive strategies, including semantic mapping, semantic feature analysis, and semantic/syntactic feature analysis, against definition instruction....

Five Ways NOT to Teach Vocabulary

Article
Standards: Language • Foundational Skills
Details five common misconceptions in teaching vocabulary to students. Also mentions how to approach vocabulary lessons so that students learn more and have fun; includes five web resources.

Introduction to Semantic Mapping 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: Semantic Mapping. 

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...

Semantic Mapping: Connect Word Meanings

Lesson in Action
Standards: Language • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Mr. Green's 5th grade class is studying American presidents. By exploring the personalities of America’s presidents in this lesson, students will expand their vocabulary by creating semantic maps to...

Teaching Word Meanings as Concepts

Article
Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
This article discusses specific techniques that have proven successful in teaching word meanings as concepts. “Concept of Definition Maps”, “Semantic Mapping”, “Semantic Feature Mapping”, “Possible...

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: Using Multimedia to Support Reading Instruction

Article
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Standards: Informational Text • Literature
Preparing students to meet the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) involves helping them to become adept at integrating and evaluating information  in a...

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...

Use Semantic Mapping and Visualizing to Support Struggling Readers

Tools and Templates
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Standards: Language • Literature • Informational Text
Many students, especially those who struggle and have disabilities, demonstrate strengths in their visual skills. Two evidence-based reading comprehension strategies draw on these strengths: semantic...

Using PowerUp for PD: Semantic Mapping

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...

Vocabulary tricks: Effects of instruction in morphology and context on fifth-grade students' ability to derive and infer word meanings

Research
Standards: Foundational Skills • Language
The study assessed the effects of morphemic and contextual analysis strategies embedded within subject instruction on students' ability to learn word meanings and comprehend text. Students in the...