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College and Career Readiness Standards for vocabulary instruction

Vocabulary standards related to...

Reading What might this look like in
the after-school context?


Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a thesauruses on hand at all
text, including determining technical, connotative, times
and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific Activities related
word choices shape meaning or tone. to metaphorical language
Activities related
For literary texts: 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to tone
For informational texts: 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

Language What might this look like in

For 6th, 7th, and 8th grades an after-school context?

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.L.3 code-switching lessons (i.e.,

Apply knowledge of language to understand how letter to mom, friend,
language functions in different contexts, to make teacher, and President of
effective choices for meaning or style, and to the US)
comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and thesauruses on hand at all
multiple-meaning words and phrases by using times
context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and Semantic
consulting general and specialized reference mapping
materials, as appropriate. context clue

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, mapping
word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


Acquire and use accurately a range of general word of the day
academic and domain-specific words and phrases (week)
sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening dictionary games
at the college and career readiness level;
demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary
knowledge when encountering an unknown term
important to comprehension or expression.