The importance of direct vocabulary instruction cannot be exaggerated. Vocabulary provides essential background knowledge and is linked to reading comprehension and academic achievement. Researchers estimate that 85 percent of achievement test results are based on the vocabulary of the standards. Educators must teach these critical words through research-based direct instruction.The verbs used in all standards are based on critical thinking processes that students must learn. In this course, you will be exposed to the research, the strategies, and the most critical verbs. Educators who take on the responsibility of explicitly teaching the necessary vocabulary need to know that they are providing students the opportunity to grow, learn, and succeed.