Reflection: Lesson Planning Making Vocabulary Meaningful - Section 1: Teacher Background Knowledge


As I was learning how to become a Common Core Coach I went through some amazing reading training.  At this time I learned something I had never learned before - The Simple View of Reading.  This theoretical model changed my life as a reading teacher. 

If you look at slide 6 of the Powerpoint in the main section, you will see a graphic of The Simple View of Reading. To explain the graphic simply, there are 2 major domains in reading:

  • Printed Word Recognition
  • Language Comprehension

There are 5 subcomponents for the 2 domains.

  • Phoneme Awareness, Phonics, and Fluency are components of the Printed Word Recognition domain
  • Fluency, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension are components of the Language Comprehension domain

You will notice that fluency is a shared component for both domains. 

The biggest "aha" moment for me was to learn that the ultimate goal (reading comprehension ) is the product of decoding, or printed word recognition, and language comprehension. If we don't do a good job teaching all 5 components, than a breakdown occurs and reading comprehension suffers.

This is why teaching vocabulary, especially content specific vocabulary is important.  In fact, teaching content specific vocabulary is one of the key shifts in the Common Core standards. I want my students to be able to comprehend what they read, regardless of the subject area.  By conscientiously teaching vocabulary, I know this will help my students understand what they read across the content areas.


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Making Vocabulary Meaningful

Unit 10: Speaking and Listening Lessons
Lesson 4 of 4

Objective: SWBAT define words using a child friendly definition while adding an action in order to retain the meaning of new words.

Big Idea: In first grade we teach children how to decode in order to read. Children also need to know the meaning of words in order to gain reading comprehension. This routine will help students learn and retain the meaning of new words.

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