The goal of vocabulary instruction is for students to know words well, be able to explain them, and use them in multiple contexts.

"Words are not just words. They are the nexus—the interface—between communication and thought. When we read, it is through words that we build, refine, and modify our knowledge. What makes vocabulary valuable and important is not the words themselves so much as the understandings they afford."
Marilyn Jager Adams (from Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts)

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