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)

Critical Verbs List   icon verbs_&_defs.pdf (53 KB) 
Critical Nouns List   icon nouns_&_defs.pdf (53 KB)

 

 STUDENT-CREATED VIDEOS

Week #1: IDENTIFY & LOCATE
Week #2: CITE & REFER
Week #3: DELINEATE & DESCRIBE
Week #4: DEMONSTRATEEXPLAIN, & INTERPRET
Week #5: PARAPHRASERETELL, & SUMMARIZE
Week #6: COMPARECONTRAST, & DISTINGUISH
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
Quiz #1: Critical Verbs