Content Vocabulary and Academic Language

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VOCABULARY DENOTATION

Struggles to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases using context clues. Practice needed using general and specialized reference materials, roots and word patterns to determine the meaning of unknown words.

Attempts to determine the meaning of unknown words and phrases using context clues and consulting general and specialized reference materials. Practice needed with roots and word patterns.

Determines or clarifies the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases using context clues and consulting general and specialized reference materials. Practice needed with roots and word patterns.

Determines or clarifies the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases using context clues, word patterns and roots, and consulting general and specialized reference materials.

VOCABULARY CONNOTATION

Demonstrates a very limited understanding of figurative language and word relationships.

Demonstrates a limited understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Demonstrates an understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

Possesses and demonstrates a strong understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT

Struggles to use new and academically relevant vocabulary in context in speech or writing.

Uses limited new and academically relevant vocabulary in context in speech or writing.

Uses new and academically relevant vocabulary in context in speech or writing.

Accurately uses new and academically relevant vocabulary in context in speech or writing.

SPELLING

Struggles with spelling. Relies on spelling shortcuts and/or  abbreviations. Does not use spell check.

Attempts with spelling, but uses phonetic strategies to help support spelling errors. Does not use texting shortcuts or abbreviations. Routinely uses spell check before turning in work.

Very few spelling errors, but uses phonetic strategies to help support spelling errors. Does not use texting shortcuts or abbreviations. Uses spell check before turning in work.  

Consistently demonstrates strong spelling. Does not use texting shortcuts or abbreviations. Uses spell check before turning in work.