"Deciding Which Vocabulary Words to Teach"

Michael Graves and several of his colleagues developed the SWIT (Selecting Words for Instruction from Text) process after a 3-year study on how educators choose vocabulary words for study. The process identifies four types of words that educators should focus on when determining important words from text-essential words, valuable words, accessible words, and imported words. To read the entire article go to:

“Words, Words Everywhere, But Which Ones Do We Teach?” by Michael Graves, James Baumann, Camille Blachowicz, Patrick Manyak, Ann Bates, Char Cieply, Jeni Davis, and Heather Von Gunten in The Reading Teacher, February 2014 (Vol. 67, #5, p. 333-346),; Graves can be reached at

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