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High School Reading and Vocabulary Instruction

High School Reading and Vocabulary Instruction

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I am teaching a diploma-track, senior English class with students with learning disabilities. A few of my students still comprehend at the 4th-5th grade levels and struggle with high school level vocabulary. Does anyone have ideas for age-appropriate reading and vocabulary instruction that will support my students without insulting them?

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi Harmony,

I found this article Adolescent Literacy: Helping Students Who Read Below Grade Level. There are some great tips in the article.

Kathy Hoover's picture
Kathy Hoover
High school special education English and reading teacher in Whittier CA

I have been teaching high school English and Reading and college reading for several years now. I found the website www.townsendpress.com to be an invaluable tool. It is a free website that has online activities for both reading and vocabulary. I use the vocabulary with my high school special ed students. The lowest level is for grades 4-5. It teaches vocabulary in context very well and has online activities that go along with it. I love this website. They also have a library in which they sell books for $1.00 per copy. NO that is not a typo. There are the classics written at a lower grade level to high intrest lower readability for high school students or ELL students. Check it out.

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harriet
esl teacher-high school

Actually,that is not quite accurate. I just went to this web site and you have to be using their texts to access the resources for free.

Harriet.

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Emily C
ELA HS Illinois

Harmony - even in the "regular" classroom with students at grade level, I still use graphic organizers in high school. With vocabulary you can try a 4 square approach (Google Images should have several results for "4 square vocabulary graphic organizers"). I have modified the traditional 4 square to include a visual representation of the word (from a cartoon, hand drawn, or an image from online) for my visual learners. With most 4 squares, students will study synonyms, antonyms, applications, etc.

Emily C's picture
Emily C
ELA HS Illinois

Harmony - even in the "regular" classroom with students at grade level, I still use graphic organizers in high school. With vocabulary you can try a 4 square approach (Google Images should have several results for "4 square vocabulary graphic organizers"). I have modified the traditional 4 square to include a visual representation of the word (from a cartoon, hand drawn, or an image from online) for my visual learners. With most 4 squares, students will study synonyms, antonyms, applications, etc.

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