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Biemiller (2004) offers this simple adjustment to the read-aloud process for helping children in grades K, 1, and 2 to acquire vocabulary.


  1. Pre-select 8-10 words from a reading selection. Biemiller advises that you do not choose words that are extremely rare. 
  2. During reading, stop and simply explain the meanings of the pre-selected words. Do not expect students to retain all words and definitions. 
  3. (optional) After reading, go through the list of words asking if a student can tell you about the word. 
  4. Keep a list of the words that have been introduced (similar to the word wall concept). 
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