Keys to Academic Vocabulary

Keys to Literacy Event

This one-day professional development provides instructional suggestions for teaching academic vocabulary in all content areas. Teachers of any subject area will learn how to use a combination of several strategies to teach vocabulary using existing content reading and instructional materials. When used across multiple grade levels, students benefit from a consistent approach to vocabulary instruction as they move from grade to grade and subject to subject.


  • Activities for previewing vocabulary before reading
  • Four activities for teaching words by relating them to background knowledge and related words (categorizing, semantic mapping, semantic feature analysis, scaling)
  • Selecting specific words from content to teach in depth
  • Using vocabulary templates to learn everything about a word (Frayer, Concept Definition Map, two-column notes)
  • Generating user-friendly definitions
  • Teaching use of context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words

Using word parts (roots, prefixes, suffixes) to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words

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Who Should Participate

Grades 3-12 classroom teachers, educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and administrators.


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Date and Location Number of Attendees to Register
May 28, 2020: Rowley, MA
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