Monday, June 3, 2013

Post for the week of June 3, 2013

Post for the week of June 3, 2013

This week, we'll explore #7 on this document: accent on academic vocabulary vs. accent on literary terminology.

Watch this six-minute video about the difference between these two topics.  In the video, the speakers mention paragraph 20 from Martin Luther King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail."  You can find that text here.  The paragraphs are unnumbered, but it's the paragraph that starts with "I hope you are . . . "

Literary terminology is useful in analyzing literature, but it might not be as useful as words that pop up in every field. 

When I think of "academic vocbaulary," I think of Appendix B.  Each grouping of texts comes with sample assignments.  Here are some of the words on page 129 (9-10th grade assignments):
  • compare
  • analyze
  • address similar themes and concepts
  • unfold
  • the order in which the points are made
  • introduces and develops
  • evaluate
  • argument
  • claim
  • assess
  • relevance
  • evidence
  • validity
  • reasoning
In short, we will get more mileage out of academic vocabulary because these words appear in all disciplines, not just in the ELA classroom.

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