Tier 2 Election Vocabulary

tier 2 vocabulary for language therapy

The U.S. is more divided than ever about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

But while many of us in the U.S. can’t see eye to eye on who we’d like to have run the country, I think most people would agree that it’s important to keep our youth educated.

Despite the heated debates about what policies are best for the U.S. going forward, we can’t debate the importance of building vocabulary skills.

There’s no question that students with strong word knowledge have better overall language and academic skills (Nippold, 1995; Marinellie, 2010).  So even if we can’t agree on politics, we can at least join together to expand our students’ word knowledge.

Election time is a prime opportunity to teach some important Tier 2 words that will benefit students across multiple settings. That’s why today I’m sharing 9 Tier 2 election vocabulary words, with some definitions to go with.

Teaching words is different for each word class, so I’ve separated them in to nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

I’ll start with the nouns:

Debate: a formal discussion

Election: a process of choosing something or someone

Victory: the act of defeating and opponent

Notice here that these definitions all contain categorical information. This is a key component of describing a noun’s meaning. You’ll want to emphasize that when helping student learn these words.

Next, we’ll move on to verbs.

Vote: to make a choice

Tally: to add up an amount

Declare: to say something

Here, I’ve used synonyms to define the words. You can emphasize the need to use another verbs that means the same thing when you are defining a verb.

Last, I’ll do some adjectives:

Progressive: happening a little bit at a time, or in steps

Unanimous: undivided, or all in agreement

Official: formal, going along with duties or responsibilities

Adjectives can also be defined using synonyms; so other adjectives that also mean the same thing. We could also use antonyms as well if we are describing what something is not. However, some of these adjectives are so abstract, I’ve had to use an entire descriptive phrase to define them.

To make these even more challenging, you can point out the words that have multiple functions. For example, the words tally, vote, or debate can be used as nouns or verbs, or the word official could be a noun or an adjective.

Whenever I decide to explain vocabulary like this, I realize I need to do some word study myself! They’re always more complicated than I anticipate. Explaining word meanings, no matter how well we understand the words, is always a challenge when you’re helping someone with language issues. I talk more about that in this post: It’s okay to not know the answer.

When I get stuck, I usually end up searching for the definition in a search engine and then breaking it down in to “kid-friendly” terms. You’ll notice that you might need to expand and clarify on some of the definitions I’ve provided above; or even have a discussion and give some examples of how to use a word.

Here are a couple more places you can go to get election vocabulary:


Education World


Let’s keep it educational for our kids this election day!

~Dr. Karen

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tier 2 vocabulary; school speech therapy; language therapy techniques


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