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Investigation: Building Academic Language to Deepen Comprehension-District License

Non-Member Price: $1600.00

NCTE Member Price: $1450.00

In this investigation you will investigate the critical role that background knowledge and vocabulary play in learning. You will examine the theoretical basis and the practical application of developing background knowledge and vocabulary. As you engage in the content in this unit, think about questions such as:

  • How does learning academic language support learning content?
  • What is the role of the content teacher in teaching language?
  • How can we assess students’ background knowledge?What can we do to fill in any gaps?
  • How can teachers integrate meaningful vocabulary instruction across the content areas?

Level(s): Middle, Secondary


Investigations offer just in time, self-paced online professional learning with extensive models and examples of the teaching shifts needed to help students prepare to meet college and career-ready standards for learning. The district license is intended for leaders of district-wide professional learning. Learn more about ways district leaders can use Investigations to lead professional learning.

  • Each Investigation is designed to take approximately 3-5 hours to complete.
  • Structured learning engagements offer a blend of professional readings, classroom videos and on demand web seminars.
  • 24/7 access to content allows you to engage with the resources at a time that is most convenient for you, and we give you access to the online content for three full months!

Investigations are a great resource both for individual teachers seeking independent learning opportunities as well as school or district teams who are engaging in collaborative professional learning!

Note: Due to the online nature of this product, purchases are nonrefundable.

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