Academic Vocabulary Toolkit Elementary

  • AUTHORS: Dr. Kate Kinsella; Theresa Hancock
  • ©2014 
  • Recommended For: Bilingual Education | Dual Language | English Language Learners | Striving Readers | Summer School
  • Grade(s): 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
  • Subject(s): Language & Vocabulary


About the Program

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  • Students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 master high-use academic words aligned with Common Core competencies
  • Five-day instructional sequence moves from structured partner interactions to increasingly complex constructed written responses
  • Reading and writing is practiced using framed and original academic responses

About the Author

  • Dr. Kate Kinsella

    Kate Kinsella, Ed.D., is a teacher educator at San Francisco State University and a highly sought after speaker and consultant to school districts throughout the United States regarding development of academic language and literacy across the K–12 subject areas. Her 25-year teaching career focus has been equipping children from diverse backgrounds with the communication, reading, and writing skills to be career and college ready. Dr. Kinsella remains active in K–12 classrooms by providing in-class coaching and by teaching an academic literacy class for adolescent English Learners. Her extensive publishing career includes articles, chapters, English Learners’ dictionaries, and reading intervention programs. A former Fulbright TESOL lecturer, Dr. Kinsella was co-editor of the CATESOL Journal from 2000–2005 and served on the editorial board of the TESOL Journal from 1999–2003. Dr. Kinsella lives in California with her family, including two young adopted children, Jane Dzung from Vietnam and John Carlos from Guatemala.

  • Theresa Hancock

    Theresa has worked side-by-side with Dr. Kinsella in several districts writing and piloting lessons, and successfully training and coaching teachers. She is an informed and engaging trainer who will ensure that you leave inspired and ready to bring this explicit and interactive instruction to life in your own classrooms.

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