"When all teachers in a school focus on the same academic vocabulary and teach in the same way, school has a powerful comprehensive approach." Robert J. Marzano 2005
Our goal at Bartlett Middle School is to prepare our students for college and careers. One of the ways we hope to do this is through our School-Wide Academic Vocabulary Initiative using a common academic vocabulary in all classes across all disciplines and grades. Our students are introduced to two academic vocabulary words of the week in their English Language Arts classes but are encouraged to identify how these words can be used in their other classes and subjects. We have a designated bulletin board next to the office outlining the definitions of these words and sentence examples. Throughout our hallways we also have sentence strips illustrating the different ways these words can be used in a sentence. We also try to send out Remind 101 texts to parent subscribers informing them what the words of the week are. Furthermore, every Friday in front of the Multi-Purpose Room we give students an opportunity to earn raffle tickets by defining the word and using it in a sentence. Then at the end of every month we hold a Treasure Box Raffle. We have selected these academic vocabulary words from Dr. Kate Kinsella's Academic Vocabulary lists featuring Tier 2 words.
Tier 2 words are high frequency and often multiple meaning words that occur across a variety of domains. The following is list of standards for Tier 2 words:
- Important for reading comprehension
- Contain multiple meanings
- Used across a variety of environments
- Occur often in mature language situations such as adult conversations, literature, and informational text
Tier 2 words are the most important words for direct instruction because they are good indicators of a student's progress through school. Examples of Tier 2 words are: masterpiece, fortunate, industrious, measure, and benevolent.