Text Talk

What is robust vocabulary?

Text Talk instruction focuses on robust words. Each word was chosen because it:

  • Represents a familiar concept. For example, while students may not know bicker , they already know fight .
  • Will appear later in text or standardized tests. Students are likely to encounter words like forlorn and misconception in chapter books and on standardized tests starting in 3rd and 4th grades.
Text Talk words help teachers make the most of limited instructional time by focusing on useful words that give children a healthy vocabulary in the early grades

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