Critical Vocabulary Initiative
Students may recognize words like determine, analyze, and distinguish, but do they understand these words well enough to quickly and completely answer a standardized test question?
According to Marilee Sprenger, author of Teaching the Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core (ASCD, 2013), they can! Ms. Sprenger has curated a list of 55 critical words (29 verbs & 26 nouns) students must know to be successful with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), as well as any other standardized assessment they encounter.
Hille Middle School is committed to ensuring students learn the critical vocabulary needed to help them with testing and college and career readiness. To that aim, we are implementing a Critical Vocabulary Initiative to introduce, reinforce, and progress-monitor our students' knowledge of vocabulary. Teachers will be using fun strategies such as jingles, movements, and graphic organizers to engage students and make learning enjoyable and effective. It is our hope, that through these efforts, we can equip them with confidence in reading, writing, and speaking.
55 WORDS THAT MAKE OR BREAK STUDENT UNDERSTANDING
Source: Teaching the Critical Vocabulary of the Common Core (Marilee Sprenger)
Week #7: ANALYZE & DRAW
Week #8: ORGANIZE & TRACE
Week #9: DETERMINE, EVALUATE, & INFER
Week #10: SUGGEST & SUPPORT
Week #11: DEVELOP, INTEGRATE, & SYNTHESIZE
Week #12: ARTICULATE & COMPREHEND
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE