Narrowing the academic achievement gap by coding rich vocabulary in authentic texts.

by Kathy Powers

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

In this series of videos, I introduce vocabulary coding, a quick and uncomplicated way to get students to identify words in a text that recur often and that have significance to the meaning.

Part One: Introduction

In part one of the workshop, I describe “vocabulary coding” a method I use to quickly teach vocabulary in the context of complex texts. Then participants try it out.

Part Two: Making Meaning

In part two of the workshop, participants use the vocabulary coding method to identify important words in the Gettysburg Address and then re-define them to make more sense to the reader.

Part Three: Personal Responses

In part three of the workshop, I ask participants to write personal responses to the speech. This gives students an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the text from their own points of view.