What is Applied Vocabulary Online?
Applied Vocabulary Online is a system of writing strategies for building students’ vocabulary across content standards. Teachers choose from over 12 critical-thinking writing strategies to support the essential question of a lesson. Students respond with a strategy to explain what they understand with logical inferences or insight.
This systematic approach to writing empowers students to explain what they have learned in a different way than the teacher taught it. Teachers are prompted to:
Quantify their expectations (number of key terms used in the writing)
Model a written response that exceeds their expectations
Guide student choices with a critical-thinking strategy
Secure student self-assessment with a scoring rubric
Prompt peer response to the quality of writing with PALS (peer-assisted learning system)
For over two decades, Applied Vocabulary Online has employed vocabulary building, self-assessment, and peer evaluation techniques to produce gains in student achievement.
Teachers and instructional leaders love...
the simple concrete writing strategies and critical-thinking tasks
the double-digit gains replicated in their schools
the positive impact on the class environment
the practice creating
1) logical arguments
2) strong narratives
3) detailed informational entries
Over three decades of research confirms the positive impact writing has on learning across the content standards.
Features and Benefits
Significant growth in the mastery of ELA, math, science, and social studies standards
Double-digit growth on indexes of college and career readiness
Movement from linear thought to confident inferences and analogies
A shift from a world of right answers to logical insights