The program consists of weekly units that each introduces 5 high-utility target words through brief passages outlining controversies currently under debate in this country. The paragraphs are intended to help students join ongoing "national conversations" by sparking active examination and discussion of contemporary issues. The target words are relevant to a range of settings and subject areas. The cross-content focus on a small number of words each week will enable students to understand the variety of ways in which words are related, and the multiple exposures to words will provide ample opportunities for deeper understanding.
Word Generation is designed to provide teachers with opportunities to practice strategies for teaching vocabulary that they can by apply more broadly and easily incorporate into established routines. Teachers across the content areas have told us they recognize their students' problems with vocabulary, but don't always know how best to help them. Word Generation presents teachers with a common language for discussing literacy and comprehension strategies across the curriculum.
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