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Academic Word Finder

The Academic Word Finder is a free electronic tool from Achieve the Core that quickly identifies academic words in copied and pasted texts. It is not intended to "replace teacher judgment; rather, it helps to support the teacher and identify the most useful academic words."

FREE Rice 2.0

This game-like website asks questions and offers multiple-choice answers for eight subjects (Humanities, Math, Language Learning, Sciences, English, Chemistry, Geography, and SAT preparation) and multiple sub-topics.

Stellar Vocabulary Ideas

These “stellar” ideas for vocabulary instruction were collected from participating MN STAR administrators and teachers during 2009-2012.

Vocabulary – Challenges & Possible Solutions

Common vocabulary instructional challenges and solutions developed by Minnesota STARs and Trainers.

Vocabulary 1 – Fry’s Instant Words, Phrases & Sentences

Fry's first 300 words presented in order of frequency and in simple phrases and sentences.

Vocabulary 2 – Academic Word Lists

Academic word lists 1-10, presented in order from most frequent to least frequent usage across content areas.

Vocabulary Instruction for STAR/EBRI Volunteers

This handout describes what STAR/EBRI volunteers “need to know” about evidence-based and explicit vocabulary instruction. It also clarifies how they can build or expand students’ Tier Two or academic vocabulary knowledge and usage.

Vocabulary Lessons

This online vocabulary curriculum includes 38 lessons. Each lesson is focused on 5 Tier 2 (or academic) words and provides a Knowledge Rating Scale, definitions, synonyms/antonyms, examples, and guided practice activities. It is useful for Intermediate level students.

Vocabulary Units

Tier 2 words are essential for ABE students to know in order to read and understand the academic language used in print or online text. For each Lesson in this curriculum, there are Teacher Notes for modeling, Student Activities for guided practice and application to context, and Teacher Answer Keys for checking. Each Unit also has a Review activity.

Vocabulary Units Game

This vocabulary game is a companion resource for Units 1-4 of the Vocabulary Units curriculum. As students learn new words from each unit – or as a review of all – they can play the game to improve their knowledge and usage.

Vocabulary Workouts

This evidence-based curriculum provides 60 workouts for the most common Tier 2 words from the Academic Word List. Each one-page, vocabulary workout presents a headword (e.g., analyze), 1-2 related words (e.g., analysis), parts of speech, definitions, contexts, conversation practice, and writing prompts.

Vocabulary: Research and Teaching Strategies

Research Digest No. 7 defines vocabulary, provides suggestions for assessment and instruction, and lists additional resources and references.