Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Many Words of Vocab

I'm so mad. I'm furious. I'm upset. I'm hot.
Yes, hot can relate to that angry feeling you get when the pop machine doesn't give you the can you requested...NOR your change back.

I digress.

Just like the many synonyms social English can carry, even academic English has synonyms.
Yes, even math has synonyms.

That's why it can be so difficult for ELs to discern what function a particular question is asking them to perform. And that is why Lena works through this vocab sheet with her students regularly. Especially with high-stakes tests using multiple words to refer to the same function.

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