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Interactive Word Wall

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on March 23, 2008 at 2:42:04 pm
 
Interactive Word Wall

 

The Interactive Word Wall (adapted from the Four-Block Literacy Framework, Cunningham and Hall, 1990) is used to develop vocabulary and guide content discussions. It should be used on a regular basis with students of all ages to develop content vocabulary in ways that engage students and provide for more extended vocabulary discussions than simple definition strategies (defining, matching, use in sentences, etc.). By using the Interactive Word Wall, students are able to understand a richer purpose for learning new words in context of content studies. They are also better able to make connections between different vocabulary words related to common studies, and to make connections between language and complex ideas in the content classroom.

 

The Interactive Word Wall can be used in many ways. Essentially, the word wall should be constantly present in the classroom, and time should be set aside regularly for students to work individually and collaboratively to add words to the word wall, discuss why certain vocabulary words are critical to understanding larger bodies of content knowledge, manipulate words on the word wall to organize them in ways that make them most meaningful, and use the word wall to better understand content and meet higher expectations for content understanding. Some Interactive Word Wall processes students may engage in over time follow.

 

 

 

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