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Your 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? For example, can they respond to a question that says “determine the point of view of John Adams in his ‘Letter on Thomas Jefferson’ and analyze how he distinguishes his position from an alternative approach articulated by Thomas Jefferson”?
Students from kindergarten to 12th grade can learn to compare and contrast, to describe and explain, if they are taught these words explicitly. Marilee Sprenger has curated a list of the critical words students must know to be successful with the Common Core State Standards and any other standardized assessment they encounter.
Fun strategies such as jingles, movements, and graphic organizers will engage students and make learning these critical words enjoyable and effective. Learning the critical vocabulary will help your students with testing and college and career readiness, and will equip them with confidence in reading, writing, and speaking.
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"Marilee provides teachers with a practical, flexible approach for not only identifying the most important Tier II words for students within the common core, but she also provides the reader with great interactive activities to help students process the words."
—Kristen Swanson, Ed.D, Bright Bytes senior educational technology leader, San Francisco, CA
Reprinted with permission from KristenSwanson.org.
"A wide variety of simple suggested activities to drive student understanding of these critical words, from templates to ‘game show’ style reviews to pictorial representations and much, much more round out this invaluable supplementary resource, highly recommended for professional teachers and college education shelves."
—James A. Cox, Midwest Book Review
Reprinted with permission from Midwest Book Review.
MARILEE SPRENGER is a highly regarded educator, presenter, and author who has taught students from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. She has been translating neuroscience research for over 20 years and has engaged audiences internationally. The author of eight books and numerous articles, Marilee is a popular keynote speaker who is passionate about brain-based teaching strategies, which include differentiated instruction and wiring the brain for success.
Common Core State Standards | standardized testing | vocabulary | test preparation | literacy
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