Better Vocabulary Instruction to Increase Reading Comprehension

Class Details

  • Class Type: Online
  • Date: 10/19/2020 - 11/22/2020
  • Adams State Credit: 1
  • Nonmember Price: $145
  • CEA Member Price: $45
  • Registration for the optional graduate credits ($55 per credit) is a separate transaction through Adams State. Registration information will be available after you enroll.

  • Currently Enrolled: 11 of 30

About the Course

This class will focus on strategies that will help classroom teachers scaffold and build Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary lessons. We will be using lessons and texts from Laura Robb’s book, Vocabulary is Comprehension: Getting to the Root of Text Complexity, so teachers will leave with a working portfolio of already created lessons. We will also study how to differentiate the vocabulary and how to frontload vocabulary for complex texts. In addition, we will create mini-lessons that are engaging and motivating for students, learn how to engage students by using interactive website/apps like Quizlet to encourage participation and risk-taking.

Required Text:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between Tier 2 and Tier 3 Vocabulary and identify them in curriculum.
  • Understand and explain the current trends in vocabulary instruction and what are “best practices”
  • Create vocabulary mini-lessons and activities in Quizlet.
  • Create a plan for integrating vocabulary strategies and how to differentiate them in lesson plans and the classroom.
  • Grade(s): Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade Elementary K-5 Secondary 6-12
  • Subject(s): English Language Arts English Language Learning Reading,Writing,Communicating


April Hughes


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