Lists of vocabulary words derived from: Professor’s lesson on the causes of the Revolution; adopted History textbook chapter on the Causes of the Revolution; CA History 5th grade standards; copies of article from www.u-46.org/roadmap/files/vocabulary.
IV Into (5 min.)
After the Professor finishes her lesson on the Causes of the Revolution, display a large-size list of the words she used that 5th graders would find difficult. Also display a list of the “official” vocabulary words from the 5th grade text chapter on the Causes of the Revolution; a list of additional words from that chapter that students might find difficult; and a list of vocabulary words taken from the CA HSS standard 5.5, “Causes of the Revolution.” Show the lists side-by-side. Ask teachers to examine the lists and realize how very many words there are. How would we ever teach all those words?
V Through (40 min.)
a. Pass out individual copies of the 4 words lists. Ask teachers, in their table groups, to talk together about how they would decided which words were the most important to teach—not which words they’d teach, or how they’d teach them, but how they’d go about deciding which arethe words the students will find most useful in various curricular areas, and which words are not critical for them to learn. Groups will decide on their favorite method of doing this.
b. Do a quick whip. Each table shares out its favorite method. Chart responses.
c. Briefly discuss the fact that vocabulary development helps with background knowledge acquisition.
d. Pass out the article of Marzano’s (2005) 6-step process for teaching Academic Vocabulary, and his “Characteristics of Effective Direct Vocabulary Instruction”. Ask them to read both sides.
e. Discuss/ questions/ ideas
f. Demonstrate sample activities: Patty (7 min.), Constance (5 min.), Elizabeth (5 min.), Karen (10 min.)
Ask teachers to choose the vocabulary words they will teach next year when they get to “Causes of the Revolution.” Encourage them to include one of the activities they’ve seen in a lesson they’re planning for next year.
VOCABULARY WORDS FROM MICHELLE’S LESSON: