Research confirms the importance of vocabulary acquisition in reading comprehension. But research also shows that direct instruction can only provide a tiny fraction of the words necessary for adequate vocabulary expansion. For this reason, the Standards provide a 3-tiered approach for selecting the words that merit focused instruction. They also place emphasis on the skills and strategies needed to discern meaning independently when new words are encountered: knowledge of affixes, Greek and Latin roots, context, reference use, word relationships, and non-literal language. Educators will come away from this workshop with an understanding of what it takes to develop the lexical dexterity demanded by the Standards, as well as practical lessons and activities to help achieve that goal.
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