Academic Vocabulary

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Academic Vocabulary

for Fifth- to Seventh-Grade English Language Learners in Texas A Teacher Resource Developed From the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) and Mathematics

The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk © 2010 Texas Education Agency/University of Texas System/Education Service Center Region XIII



Acknowledgments
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk
María Elena Argüelles, Ph.D. Consultant Meaghan Edmonds, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate Angela Hairrell, Ph.D. Meadows Center Fellow Sharon Jackson, Ph.D. Director of Community Outreach

Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D. Executive Director

www.meadowscenter.org

Advisors
Elfrieda Hiebert, Ph.D. Paula Moeller, Ph.D.

Teacher Reviewers
Dorothy Centilli Amanda Goetzman Clara Klegg Rebecca Laurel Charlene Postell Jamie Ward Sarah Wilson

©2010 Texas Education Agency/University of Texas System/ Education Service Center Region XIII

Texas Education Agency
These materials are copyrighted © by and are the property of the Texas Education Agency and the University of Texas System and may not be reproduced or distributed without their written permission. To obtain a license to reprint large quantities, contact licensing@texasreading.org. Lizzette Reynolds Deputy Commissioner, Statewide Policy and Programs Roberto Manzo Project Manager Everly Broadway, Ed.D. Director of Mathematics Susie Coultress Director of Bilingual/ ESL Education

Education Service Center Region XIII
Marilyn Peebles Project Coordinator

Contents
Introduction ......................................................................................... 5 Comprehensive Word Lists ................................................................ 17 English Language Arts and Reading ............................................. 17 Mathematics ................................................................................ 41 Grade-Level Word Lists ..................................................................... 59 Grade 5 English Language Arts and Reading ................................ 59 Grade 5 Mathematics ................................................................... 70 Grade 6 English Language Arts and Reading ................................ 76 Grade 6 Mathematics ................................................................... 87 Grade 7 English Language Arts and Reading ................................ 94 Grade 7 Mathematics ................................................................. 104 References ....................................................................................... 111

Dear Texas Teachers, This booklet serves as a resource for classroom teachers in Texas who work with the English language learner (ELL) population. Words included were selected from the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), with the aim of identifying vocabulary that will help students learn content and skills represented on statewide assessments. We hope you find this booklet useful as you incorporate academic vocabulary into your instruction. Thank you for your dedication to providing highquality education for all Texas students!

Introduction
What Is Academic Vocabulary?
Academic vocabulary refers to the words that are used in academic discourse, both written and spoken, and that traditionally have been identified from a corpus of academic texts. Some lists of academic vocabulary include an indication of each word or word family’s rate of occurrence in academic texts (e.g., Coxhead, 2000; Zeno, Ivens, Millard, & Duvvuri, 1995). Definitions of academic vocabulary can differ, depending on the source and context in which the term is used. For the specific purposes of this booklet, we have defined academic vocabulary as “the key words and concepts in the TEKS for English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) and Mathematics that will help ELLs in grades 5–7 • • • read and understand text, develop...
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