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Taking Center Stage – Act II

Professional Learning Activities

Kinsella 2—Teaching Vocabulary
in the Middle Grades

In this Professional Learning Activity, Dr. Kinsella presents an instructional approach that bolsters students’ expressive vocabulary knowledge, outlines key steps for teaching a word, and explains the pivotal role of vocabulary in literacy and learning.

This professional learning activity is made up of four components and is designed to be completed sequentially as follows:

  1. Take Stock: pre-video reflection exercise
  2. Take Time: watch the video
  3. Take Action: initial activities designed to help educators implement the practices suggested
  4. Take it Away: answer questions designed to help educators identify support and resources needed to implement the suggested practices
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Kinsella 2–Teaching Vocabulary in the Middle Grades

Kinsella 2:
Take Stock

Kinsella 2:
Take Time
Kinsella 2:
Take Action
Kinsella 2:
Take it Away

This professional learning activity is one of several in the TCSII Get into the Act! Professional Learning Series.

Dr. Kinsella's Professional Learning Activities Index

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