Vocabulary directly affects reading and oral comprehension.  Effective vocabulary instruction requires careful planning and an understanding that struggling learners often lack the skills to derive meaning from context.  Effective vocabulary instruction actively involves students and focuses on developing a deep understanding of Tier 2 words through direct explicit vocabulary instruction and frequent opportunities to practice using new vocabulary words.  With these tools, we can ensure all students are successful readers.

Revisit this October 2014 RSE-TASC Reporter article to read it in its entirety, still relevant today!

Effective Vocabulary Instruction: The Backbone to Reading Comprehension