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9.1 (B)






After learning the meanings of ten academic vocabulary words, students will be able to recognize and use them in a variety of contexts.

Language Objective

I will use academic vocabulary terms in context and articulate the meanings of selected terms in their own words.
Today, we will explore the significance of academic vocabulary and learn strategies to decipher the meaning of unfamiliar words. We will also apply these newly acquired words in our own writing to enhance our communication skills.

Learning Intention

Success Criteria

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
  • Define academic vocabulary.
  • Identify context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.
  • Apply academic vocabulary in a written response.
  • Articulate the meaning of selected academic vocabulary terms in their own words.

Academic vocabulary consists of words that are commonly used in academic texts, lectures, and discussions across a number of disciplines. Learning these words will help you expand your vocabulary and succeed in school and on standardized tests. In this lesson, we will be looking at academic vocabulary that will help you analyze the process of thinking.

Sample Context Describing knowledge

  • A solid education is a cure for ignorance, or lack of knowledge.
  • Intelligence can be measured not only by what someone knows, but also by what someone is capable of learning and understanding.
  • Belief that all people are equal is one of the principles that underlie our government.
  • When writers or speakers don’t reveal their intent or meaning, put details together with your own experience to make an inference or intelligent guess.
  • A display at the planetarium can help people understand the solar system.

Try to incorporate these words into your own personal vocabulary. They will help you better understand the academic texts that you read and will make you sound more authoritative when you write and speak for academic purposes

Sample Context Describing types of ideas

  • People who have no notion of the meaning of compromise will not be open to the concerns of others and will try to get their own way.
  • The Great Seal of the United States shows a bald eagle because it is a symbol of courage and strength.
  • Many ideas about outer space are abstract since we have no concrete examples to illustrate them.
  • Explicit instructions help people follow step-by-step procedures because they tell exactly what to do.
  • A liberal attitude leaves people open to ideas that may challenge their own.

Academic vocabulary for this unit

display: a visual representation of something

abstract: existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence

ignorance: lack of knowledge about something

explicit: precisely and clearly expressed, leaving no room for doubt

liberal: showing broad-mindedness

intelligence: the ability to comprehend and benefit from experience

Academic vocabulary for this unit

reveal: to make something previously hidden known

notion: an idea or belief

underlie: to be the cause or basis of something

symbol: an object or action that represents an idea


  • Determine the correct vocabulary word to complete each sentence. NOTE:
  • There are more vocabulary words than sentences. You will NOT use all of the words! Drag and drop the vocabulary word to the correct sentence.

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