Student Materials: Content Words
Provides strategies students can use to learn the wide range of content-area
words that they will read in content-area classes and in reading outside
of school. Introduces the word-learning principle that content area
words have special features. For example, they are usually longer
than high-frequency words. Students also learn the vocabulary-building
strategy that you can determine the meanings of content-area words
by thinking about the topic and the relationship of the unknown word
to that topic.
All of the vocabulary words to learn are science words. They are connected to
the topic of space.
Students learn an important principle about words they encounter in the
Students learn to make connections between the big idea or subject they are
reading about and the unknown word to determine its meaning.
All words appear in boldface in context in the type of material students
might read in that content area.
Charts and diagrams further enrich students' understanding of