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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

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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 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.

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

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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...

Introduction to Word Analysis 508 Compliant Slideshow

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Standards: Informational Text
This is a 508 compliant version of the Overview Slideshow found in the Instructional Strategy Guide for English Language Arts: Word Analysis.

Quick View: Captioning

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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

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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

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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...

Quick View: Using Texting in Your Instruction

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Standards: Language
It may seem counterintuitive, but texting and “text speak” can be used as a fun way to help students build foundational reading skills such as word recognition and phonological awareness. You can...

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 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: 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...

Using PowerUp for PD: Word Analysis

Professional Development Support Material
Standards: Foundational Skills
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...

Word Analysis: Finding Clues in Words

Lesson in Action
Standards: Foundational Skills • Literacy in History/Social Studies
Mr. Chen's 5th grade class is starting a unit on Ancient India. In this lesson, students will recognize root words, prefixes, and suffixes, and they will learn to apply this knowledge to identifying...