Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Field Experience

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Urban Education

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Corey Thompson

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Vocabulary; Academic achievement


This study documents the effects of explicit vocabulary instruction on overall knowledge in a 6th grade science classroom. Previous research suggests that multiple exposures to new vocabulary words and consistent vocabulary instruction across grade levels can help students excel in content area classes, (Sweeney and Mason, 2011). An action research was designed to increase student success in the science classroom by implementing a word map strategy for new vocabulary words. Students completed a pre-test and post-test to show their growth in the content area along with three vocabulary quizzes to test their knowledge of new words. The results of the action research suggests that focusing on vocabulary does increase student success in content area classes, but vocabulary instruction should include small group instruction in order to reach all types of learners.


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