Practice Eight

Practice 8 : Enriched vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writings, informational text, and/or wisdom literature.

Implementation Basics | Practice 8 Implementation Evaluation and Goal Setting | Life Principles, Expectations, and Quotes | Hand Sign for Practice 8 | Practice Connections | Characteristics of Implementation with Online Resources | Research | Literature | Poetry | Vocabulary | Music & Video Links | General Resource Websites | Learning Strategies

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.”

--Mark Twain

(printable poster)

Implementation Basics


Practice #8 Implementation Evaluation And Goal Setting

Practice 8 Implementation Evaluation - This instrument may be used as an individual or building-wide evaluation of the implementation for Practice #7. Its use to establish goals for growth is encouraged. (printable document)


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Life Principles, Expectations, And Quotes


Hand Signs For Practice 8

Click on links to see brief video clips of hand sign.

Practice - Make a palm down ‘A’ and move it back and forth across the left index finger.

Eight - With hand out, touch thumb and middle finger.


 TOOL! - 8 Sign Language Task Cards for the 8 Expectations for Living with supporting documents. Sign language hand signs

Include: Friend, Respect, Please, Thank you, Cheer, Help, Applaud, Encourage, and Practice


Practice Connections

Practice 8 Connections - list of other 17 Practices that are connected to Practice #8


Implementation Characteristics With Online Resources

Practice 8 Characteristics of Implementation

- Includes links to online resources to assist in implementation under each characteristic.

1. Inspire learners with high expectations, good character and a desire to learn.

Be a model of a reader and writer and using rich vocabulary in speech and conversation. Recognize others when it is used, and set goals to improve vocabulary. Provide opportunities for showcasing achievements in various ways.

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2. Select meaningful literature, quotes, and prose from a variety of resources and assist learners in memorizing these works as an ongoing strategy for building habits for success. Recite, analyze, and apply the literature in real life situations encouraging learners to create a personal connection to the text.

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3. Use vocabulary which is formal and appropriate for your content area or academic level as a basis for instruction and communication. Support vocabulary development with graphic representations such as pictures, symbols, graphic organizers, and/or multimedia presentations. Provide explicit instruction in building phonemic awareness, decoding skills, fluency, text processing, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, dictionary skills, spelling, and writing.

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4. Discuss and study classic, challenging, and/or wisdom literature containing enriched vocabulary as a basis for developing character, communication skills, and a personal vision. Introduce authors and selections to provide background information and inspiration.

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5. Engage learners daily in applying new vocabulary through discussion and various types of writing such as journaling, goal setting, self-reflection, etc.

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Practice 8 Research Resources



Implementation Online Resources:

Wondering, Children’s Storybook on the Life Principle of Curiosity


Life Principle of Self-Discipline



  • Self-discipline Resources - Songs, Videos, Websites, and Other Materials - Websites and Other Materials
  • Curiosity Resources - contains material for both Elementary and Middle/High School - Songs, Videos, Websites, Links to supplementary material within the GE website, and Other Materials
  • 101 Strategies to make vocabulary stick by Marilee Sprenger introduces her book by explaining how important it is that educators across all content areas and grade levels address what she refers as “word poverty.” In fact, she maintains that vocabulary may be the most important content that we teach.


Eight Expectations: Resources include printable posters of Expectation, a printable quote, and sections for literature, vocabulary, music and videos, an introductory activity, a cooperative structure, sign language, self-reflection, celebrations, and a brain break. Each allows for selection of appropriate grade level material: Elementary, Middle, and High School.





Word Wall Vocabulary:

terminology jargon expression lexicon

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“ Lexicon in Action”

Brainstorm words that describe how lexicons look, sound, and feel. In pairs create a list of 10 words that describe lexicon.

Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use and reflection.


Music And Video Links


General Resource Websites

  • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
  • The Right Questions Institute - Resource for the classroom with downloads
  • Also see Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process


Learning Strategies