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Grade 6-12

How to Build an Academic Vocabulary

by Melessia Winborne | English and Writing FREE

6 Lessons 31:41
  1. 1. Trailer 0:31
  2. 2. Introduction 6:58
  3. 3. Part 1: Parts of Speech 7:54
  4. 4. Part 2: Analogies 5:27
  5. 5. Part 3: Worldly Wise 4:00
  6. 6. Part 4: Word Games 6:51

Grade 6-12


NGSS Standards



About the course

We select words when we speak and write without giving much thought as to WHY we use a word. It’s an involuntary mental decision; in fact, we may take a second or two to “phrase” our thoughts, but WHY do we choose the words we do? The answer is based on our academic vocabulary. Simply put, we are limited to the words that reside within our brains. This probably makes you think, “ many words do I know? Or how limited or extensive is my vocabulary?” But before you answer these questions in your head, imagine how much more colorful, flexible, and meaningful your conversations and written expression could be with a much broader vocabulary. With that in mind, let’s get started to work on your academic vocabulary by first understanding why the type of word you choose matters.


  • Academics
  • English
  • Language
  • Speech
  • Vocabulary
  • Writing


Hello. My name is Melessia Winborne, and I'm excited to be a part of the Gooroo staff. I am a 28-year veteran English/Language Arts teacher. I have a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and my certifications include English 9-12 and AIG Language Arts K-12. In addition to teaching in the classroom, I have experience as a private tutor both 1:1 and as a part of the Communities in Schools tutoring team. My passion is learning and my goal through this program is to help all students to acquire the skills to become lifelong learners.

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