Literacy resources – word level, text level


Four resources model – From Brad Morgan Teaching Portfolio

Word level

Marzano’s Six steps to teaching academic vocabulary – to be added

Frayer model – to be added

Thanks to Esther Weichart for these resources – A great site for students to add and monitor word lists and academic terminology

Selecting academic vocabulary words worth learning

This article describes a new online tool for identifying and selecting appropriate academic vocabulary to focus on and teach.

Word and Phrase Info.

This site allows you to see detailed information on the top 60,000 words (lemmas) of English, based on data from the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

You can see the overall frequency for each word, as well as the frequency of words in different kinds of English — spoken, fiction, magazines, newspapers, and academic writing. For each word you can also find the 20-30 most frequent collocates (nearby words) and see 200 or more concordance lines (words in context). You can also see a list of synonyms and (from WordNet) words with more specific and more general meanings, and in all of these cases you can click to see the entries for those related words as well.

Townsend, D & Kiernan, D 2015, ‘Selecting academic vocabulary words worth learning’,The Reading Teacher, July/August, pp. 113-117

Text level

Text project – this site offers access to open access resources including  high quality students texts and teacher guides.

All of the resources are free to download.

Read works – an article a day!  Articles are Lexile levelled and the site provides a wide range of resources including vocabulary lists and reading exercises.

Newsela – monitor student reading growth with levelled articles on current affairs and world events.  Students can search for articles on a range of topics; sport, science, war and peace, kids, money, animals.


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