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Academic Vocabulary – Vocabulary instruction is one of the essential elements of literacy development for all students. Abilene ISD has adopted a systematic approach to vocabulary instruction including the direct instruction of Academic Vocabulary kindergarten through grade 12.

In order to guarantee that all students are instructed on the terms that are critical to the understanding of academic content, a list of academic terms has been constructed for each grade level in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. These terms have been identified using the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the district curriculum.

To further prepare students for academic success, AISD teachers receive training on Robert Marzano’s Six Step Process for Teaching Academic Vocabulary.