By eighth grade, two-thirds of students are struggling to comprehend grade-level texts. As text books and other reading materials increase in complexity, this shortfall in comprehension can lead to low achievement across all subject areas. In this topic you'll find resources designed to address challenges and improve literacy and comprehension in middle and high school and.

To provide students with the best support in their developing literacy skills, teachers need to provide direct, explicit vocabulary and comprehension strategy instruction that leads to students' independent practice, opportunities for extended text discussion, and monitoring for all students' reading progress, including intensive intervention for struggling students.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices.

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Teacher Self-Assessment: Using Vocabulary Strategies

Reading specialists and language arts curriculum coordinators can use this tool to help teachers reflect on ways they are embedding vocabulary strategies into their content area lessons. In...

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03/28/2014
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Classroom Observation: Improving Vocabulary Instruction

This observation plan can be used to focus classroom observations and help content area teachers embed vocabulary strategies into regular classroom instruction. The observation tool offers...

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03/28/2014
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Lesson Planning: Preparing Content Area Activities

This quick reference guide for preparing vocabulary activities provides content area teachers with a framework for thinking about and planning lessons that embed vocabulary strategies into...

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03/28/2014
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Learning Together About Schoolwide Vocabulary Instruction

Use this tool to plan activities for an in-service for school staff to learn about implementing a schoolwide approach to vocabulary instruction. Content area teachers learn about explicit...

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03/28/2014
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ACCESS Class Vocabulary Chart

A reading intervention teacher, uses this vocabulary chart to provide students with a structure for learning word meaning. Watch the presentation in the "See How" section of the "Intensive...

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03/28/2014
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Content Area Vocabulary: Activities Packet

View a resource packet illustrating activities and materials used by Pocomoke Middle School staff to teach vocabulary in the content areas, including examples from social studies, math, science,...

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03/28/2014
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Greek Myths: Vocabulary Lesson, Word List, and Riddle Poems

Download the lesson plan that the seventh-grade language arts teacher follows in the presentation, Greek Myths: Understanding Word Roots and Meanings. A vocabulary word list, word assignment and...

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03/28/2014
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Middle School Math: Vocabulary Building Lesson and Related Materials

View a lesson plan used by a seventh-grade teacher to integrate vocabulary games into math instruction. Also included are a PowerPoint for teaching math-related vocabulary words and a handout...

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03/28/2014
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A Schoolwide Vocabulary Approach

A Schoolwide Vocabulary Approach

Listen to principal Caroline Bloxom describe a schoolwide vocabulary program used across content areas and the importance of teaming to its success. Download the sample material, Content Area...

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03/28/2014
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Explicit Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners

Explicit Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners

Jill MacKay describes the explicit vocabulary strategies she uses in an intensive, supplemental reading class for English learners. Watch how she uses modeling, visual aids, and multiple exposures...

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03/28/2014
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Greek Myths: Understanding Word Roots and Meanings

Greek Myths: Understanding Word Roots and Meanings

See how a seventh-grade teacher, Carlton Cartwright, uses daily unit lessons, informal methods, and multiple exposures to teach word meaning. View the related sample material, Greek Myths:...

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03/28/2014
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Building Vocabulary in Middle School Math Class

Building Vocabulary in Middle School Math Class

In this video, math teacher Maureen Ferry talks about how she uses vocabulary games and journals to help students develop an understanding of new words. View the related sample material, Middle...

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03/28/2014
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