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: 10 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.

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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


This course provides specific lesson ideas and the associated website expands on the ideas. I wish the book had presented more of a "system" for teaching vocabulary.
Cynthia Winckel
This class provides some excellent ideas and resources (the book is amazing) to assist with vocabulary instruction.
Erin Lackore
This class provides specific ways to amplify your vocabulary instruction and engage your students. It It covers everything from explicit instruction to assessment. The knowledge you walk away with can be immediately applied.

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