Robust vocabulary instruction focuses on the high-frequency words that apply to a variety of subject areas. These Tier 2 words (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002):
Two decades of research have shown this instruction method is most effective in advancing students' vocabulary growth (Moore, 2011).
The book has 16 substantive, 7-page lessons. Each lesson teaches ten carefully-chosen vocabulary words. The vocabulary words are repeated in subsequent lessons. The lessons have a consistent pattern of reading, thinking, and writing activities. The activities progress from comprehension to expressive tasks and follow this sequence:
The age-appropriate lesson topics such as The Movies' Mystery Man, Money Matters, and Arguments and Persuasion are mostly curricular. The chapters progress in difficulty regarding general knowledge, readability, and word knowledge.
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