After explicitly teaching academic vocabulary words, I highly recommend students create their own personal word walls. I use the form created by author Linda Hoyt called "Alphaboxes." These sheets (can be different color to make them pop for the student) can easily be glued or taped into a notebook for student reference. The Alphabox strategy is a great way to also share vocabulary from fiction and nonfiction texts with a whip around share and recording tool for all students.
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I wrote a blog post about the academic vocabulary used most often in the Common Core. These would be good words to explore with students before taking standardized tests. http://katienovakudl.com/teaching-common-core-language-to-students/
In addition to these "power words," it's important to take academic vocabulary from text you are reading in class to teach explicitly to students. I always liked to have a Word Wall, where I would post all new academic words so students could use them in their writing throughout the year. Encourage them to highlight a word whenever they use it because students need to use and hear words multiple times until they own them.
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