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Choosing Words to Teach

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS I: Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.
    • Element B: Teachers develop and implement lessons that connect to a variety of content areas/disciplines and emphasize literacy and mathematical practices.

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This post is an excerpt from Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction.  The post discusses the criteria that teachers might use to decide what vocabulary to explicitly teach to students.

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Beck, I., McKeown, M., & Kucan, L. (n.d.) Choosing Words to Teach. [web log] Retrieved from