Worksheet for Shift 6: Academic Vocabulary

Common Core In ELA/Literacy
Shift 6:
Academic Vocabulary
The discussion addresses the “tiers” of vocabulary and the choices teachers need to make regarding the explicit
teaching of “academic” vocabulary.
What is Shift 6?
What will this mean we have to
change about our practice?
What challenges will we face as we
make this shift?
How many vocabulary words are
there in the selection?
How many of these words can be
seen as useful “tools” which
students will confront frequently as
they read at this grade level?
Which words are worth investing
What would it look like to create
three columns of words – ignore,
target, and infer?
What is the impact, for the author,
of including the words in which you
are choosing to invest?
What task could you create that
would get students writing using
those words?
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