Sunday, September 18, 2011

Academic Vocabulary

This is my first year at my "New" Middle School and I've discovered that they have a strong emphasis on introducing Academic Vocabulary every other week.

Which is fine by me, I was doing Academic Vocabulary at my "Old" Middle School off and on the past three years. I've created a pretty cool graphic organizer and PowerPoint that helps me deliver the words in a quick and efficient manner. Because honestly, I usually have 15 minutes to cram the Academic Vocabulary into my day before zooming off to focus on Writing or Reading.

Within this graphic organizer, I have several parts:
  • Word and Syllable Breakdown
  • Part of Speech - BIG for 7th grade. I feel like I spend half my life on parts of speech!
  • Variations, Synonyms, Antonyms
  • Picture - Great for your ELL's or other struggling learners to have that extra "Link"
  • Definition
  • Practice Sentence
I based the majority of my Academic Vocabulary from Kate Kinsella's teachings. If you haven't heard of Kate Kinsella, you can find more about her here and here! (And heck - here too!)

So, here's the link to my graphic organizer on Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT). No worries - it's all FREE for now, I'm trying to build up my materials. What I love about this form - you can fit 4 words per side, so 8 Academic Vocab words total on ONE piece of paper! I come from a cash-strapped district... saving copies makes me happy!

I've also created a PowerPoint that matches the Graphic Organizer. It works wonders because the students don't have to wonder where all the information goes.

If you download either, please leave me a comment and tell me what you think! I'm always looking for great new ideas!

2 comments:

  1. My district is really big on this too! Being a first year teacher and new to the district I had to go to a training this past Tuesday that was all about this and writing content and language objectives.

    I also teach ELA but in a 6th grade class! I have a feeling we will be able to share lots of good ideas.

    Katie
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

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  2. Katie - Finally other Middle School Teachers! ;) I used to teach 6th Grade ELA for 3 years, my happiest three years EVER. I loved my 6th graders!

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