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LINCs Vocabulary has become a widely used tool to help students activate prior knowledge, forming connections between new words. LINCs is an auditory memory device and a visual memory device--that helps students learn and remember the meaning of complex terms. Students complete the following steps: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. List the parts Identify a reminding word Note a LINCing story Create a LINCing picture Self-test

Vocabulary Strategies Improve Student Performance LINCs Vocabulary is part of a larger framework of a Strategic Instructional Model (SIM) developed at University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, based on 25 years of research. According to the Focus on Results document, "SIM can provide a vehicle to help school districts meet the mandates of NCLB." · · · · Student Achievement. Students using LINCs vocabulary strategies show benefits across content areas and grade levels. Achievement benefits are also seen with students with learning disabilities. Thinking and Learning Skills. The process of activating prior knowledge and creating a personal relationship with text through LINCs enhances skills such as learning and remembering complex terms. Retention. Using LINCs aids students in recalling vocabulary definitions and retaining key concepts. Learning Theory. LINCs is based on two powerful cognitive tools--auditory and visual devices (Ellis 2001).

· Vocabulary Strategies Improve Student Achievement For example, students at risk who were taught using the Vocabulary LINCing Routine raised their social studies vocabulary test scores from 53 percent to 77 percent correct (Ellis 2001). Critical Thinking The act of constructing the LINCS devices facilitates learning because the process: · · Teaches students how to make important decisions regarding which terms more intensive study should be focused; Focuses students' attention on the critical semantic features of the definition;

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Requires students to think about the definition multiple times and in multiple ways; Facilitates students' use of their own language to elaborate on the term's definition; Helps students form relational understanding between the new term and other pertinent information; Develops both semantic (auditory) connections and visual connections; Provides a learning activity that allows maximum interaction between students and the teacher and between students themselves; and Develops students' abilities to employ powerful learning strategies that can be independently used both in their current classes and in future classes and postsecondary education (vocational school or college). (Ellis 2001)

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