Are Your Students Learning 2,000-3,000 Vocabulary Words a Year?


Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 12.28.14 PMThis month, the Instructional Strategies for Reading Improvement K-8 community, held a webinar focused on strategies for improving students’ vocabularies.  Webinar presenter, Dr. Susan Hall, Founder and President of 95 Percent Group Inc., examined the connection between vocabulary and reading  comprehension, barriers to improving student vocabulary, research in language studies, and techniques for meeting Common Core Standards in vocabulary.

Students need to be learning 2,000 – 3,000 words a year to keep up with expected levels of vocabulary growth. Teaching 10 words a week is only going to add up to 300-400 per school year.  The major way to grow vocabulary is to teach students a process for figuring out what words mean as they confront unfamiliar words in text.  Dr. Susan Hall demonstrated how to teach students to use the word’s parts, or morphemes – such as roots, prefixes, and suffixes – to uncover the meaning of unknown words in context.  Webinar attendees learned how to increase their students’ vocabulary growth.  Dr. Hall modeled a sample lesson in the webinar, and attendees were given access to a free download of the lesson after the event.

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Instructional Strategies for Reading Improvement is a professional learning community (PLC) that provides a place where educators can learn about how to improve reading skills of students in grades K-8.  This program is sponsored by 95 Percent Group Inc.

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