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The Frayer Model for Teaching Vocabulary

The Frayer Model has been a common research-based vocabulary graphic organizer that has helped students make sense of vocabulary for years.  Using a Frayer Model increases depth of understanding of word knowledge as well as encourages students to think critically about vocabulary.  Teachers can modify the categories to add additional challenge or to increase rigor.  Check out this resource on using Frayer Models.

Frayer with directions

Download Templates

Frayer Model Examples

Frayer Model Landscape View

Frayer Model Portrait View

Frayer Model- 4 per page

Folded Frayer Model

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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