Aligned with Washington State Standards and Common Core State Standards for 5th grade.
This lesson, relying mainly on direct vocabulary instruction, helps to improve literacy in Tier Three words by expanding student vocabulary by introducing students to specific jargon. The lesson is intended to be used towards the end of an “enhancing vocabulary” unit. A significant amount of time does not need to be spent on this lesson, but it is important for students to be aware that words exist which are specific to a particular subject area.
According to Cooper, Kiger, Robinson, and Slansky (2012), effective vocabulary instruction involves awareness of words, noting words in journals, reading aloud to students, discussion groups, and writing – all of which are utilized in this lesson. Students have an opportunity to choose the specific type of jargon they wish to explore, allowing for student voice. Students have the opportunity to present their work to the class. This gives students a sense of ownership in classroom learning and allows students to build self confidence in their own speaking skills. Building on vocabulary skills is directly related to literacy skills valuable in the real world. Specifically, students are introduced to jargon used commonly in the real-world. The lesson covers material identified as standards at both the state and national level.