The Common Core State Standards place an importance on academic vocabulary. In addition to developing an advanced vocabulary, the CCSS call for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. Vocabulary knowledge influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. It also plays an even more important role in understanding nonfiction and informational text.
Tier 2 words include frequently occurring words that appear in various contexts and topics and play an important role in verbal functioning across a variety of content areas. These words are general academic words and are used across a wide range of topics. Tier 2 words are very important in building a strong academic vocabulary which is key to comprehending nonfiction and informational text.
I have made a glossary filled with Tier 2 words with definitions explicitly written for the student.
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