Literacy 7-12

Systems Change


Displaying academic Vocabulary on a word wall can reinforce key terms and concepts that students are learning. Encouraging the students to use the words on the word wall and planning activities around them builds engagement and higher retention in the Long-term Memory.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this eighth grade teacher uses an interactive word wall to connect and build academic Vocabulary knowledge. By connecting words and explaining their thinking, students engage in discourse around content-specific terminology.

  • Teachers can ask students to contribute words to display and reference, encouraging student choice and fostering collaboration when this is done in groups. Learners can refer to word walls in their classrooms or personal word walls on their desks as visual support during class activities. Using external memory aids like these helps students increase their ability to remember and use academic Vocabulary. Displaying word walls for different content areas can also boost their Disciplinary Literacy.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    By using Padlet, students and teachers can co-create word walls, helping to move words from Short- to Long-term Memory. Watch this video to see how collaborative digital word walls can support learning.

  • A digital word wall can adapt, and previous word walls can be referred to with ease. Providing this type of word wall can bring Working and Long-term Memory into action.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy