Academic Vocabulary Routines

Alternatives to Domain Specific Vocabulary Instruction


Guide the students in correctly pronouncing the word. Engage all students in saying the word. During instruction, use the word often and expect students to use the new word in speaking and writing.


Incorporate more opportunities for informal vocabulary assessment into the instructional process. This could be conversational and/or in the form of short quizzes, activities, or instructional "checks" like "exit tickets." Vocabulary assessment should also be part of larger summative assessments of content, where students are expected to write and interact using their new words.

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Information adapted from Robert Marzano's Building Academic Vocabulary

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