Assess Vocabulary with Cloze Passages
After teaching a new concept, it's necessary to assess students' overall understanding and comprehension. When the instruction includes a heavy dose of new vocabulary, a cloze strategy works well.
Identify 10-15 General Academic Words per Grade Level
If students do not accurately interpret the function of general academic words, they will miss points on standardized tests--not because they didn't understand the passage but because they didn't understand the question.
Pre-Teach Only the Most Critical Vocabulary
In the past, class time was used to pre-teach words to students by looking words up in the dictionary and then using them in sentences. This practice can take away much needed class time from actually reading a text.
Review Terms & Roots with Headbands
The game Hedbanz, an entertaining guessing game, can be adapted as a vocabulary review activity in the classroom. Using vocabulary terms from any content area, this fast-paced activity helps students move recall from deliberate to automatic
Maintain Vocabulary Notebooks
Students should maintain their thinking about discipline-specific terms in an on-going resource--like a vocabulary notebook. Every time you work with a word, the students can jot this information into their vocabulary notebooks.
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