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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabulary
Teaching vocabulary within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is an essential component of standards-based curriculum alignment. Making the critical words second nature to our students will enhance achievement on assessments and will be useful in college and career. To process and store the academic vocabulary of the standards, our students’ brains require an efficient automatic memory system. This system, also called nonmotor procedural memory, stores information that is repeated, such as multiplication tables, song lyrics, words and definitions. Following are 11 strategies, supported by education and memory research, for teaching critical CCSS words while keeping the cognitive verbs in mind: analyze, evaluate, compare, delineate, etc. Cognitive verbs require processing skills that are automatic (unconscious) to free up working memory space, the area in the brain that holds new information and connects it to long-term memory. Identifying the Best Words to Teach Notes

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These site has great tips on how to introduce CCSS words. It is very helpful, especially for new teachers. by jschweikardt Nov 3

This site has great tips for help in teaching the critical CCSS words. It will help teachers keep the cognitive verbs in mind: analyze, evaluate, compare, delineate, etc. along with activities to help you do it. by vickiekwiecinski Jul 6

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