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Word Generation

for Grades 4 & 5

Implementation of the original Word Generation program in middle school made clear that starting earlier to teach the academic language, discussion, argumentation, and thinking skills would help shrink the achievement gap and support students in meeting the Common Core State Standards. Accordingly, a 4th and a 5th grade Word Generation curriculum was developed. Each consists of 12 units designed to be used for 40-50 minutes per day for two weeks. Each unit is organized around a central question and offers a variety of texts, word-learning activities, writing tasks, and discussion/debate opportunities. Each unit covers topics often included in social studies content standards as well as ELA literacy standards.

These materials were developed as part of a major study called Catalyzing Comprehension through Discussion and Debate.

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Download a one-page description of Word Gen Elementary

24 Two-week Interdisciplinary Elementary Units Now Available

(approximately ten 45 min class sessions)

THE WORDGEN  TEAMDevelopment of Word Generation was led by Catherine Snow (Harvard University) through a SERP collaboration with the Boston Public Schools and other districts in Massachusetts and Maryland. Support for Word Generation was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Leon Lowenstein Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education through grant numbers R305A090555 and R305F100026. The information provided does not represent views of the funders.

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