This 15-Unit AP Lang Vocabulary Lesson Plan asks students approach high-level vocabulary words (drawn from Sadlier-Oxford’s Level F Vocabulary Workshop) in two non-traditional ways:
(1) Students interact with www.dictionary.com to look up definitions by themselves – exactly the skill they should have for “real life” reading. Students all too often lack the skills and/or stamina to use reference materials that will be central to their future learning, and this vocabulary unit allows them to sharpen that skill.
(2) 10 questions per unit ask students to understand the words in the context of quotations from historical and contemporary thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, Bertrand Russell, John Locke, Tina Fey, David Mamet, and David Foster Wallace. (The other 10 questions per unit are traditional word-to-definition matching sections.)
You can use these quizzes to supplement the Sadlier-Oxford Level F units (which have fun activities and definitions that will vary from the www.dictionary.com definitions) or as a stand-alone, challenging year-long vocabulary unit. This unit is designed to put the work on students to prepare, so you won’t have to spend class time preparing or reviewing for the quizzes. AP Lang juniors should be well equipped to handle this learning independently.
My students’ feedback is that although these quizzes are difficult, the words stay with them because they have to actually think about them. They incorporate these words more frequently into their own writing, and they aren’t stymied with dense language on the AP practice tests.
This complete unit includes
- list of all vocabulary words for 15 units on one page
- 15 one-page challenging vocabulary quizzes (on each: 10 traditional matching questions; 10 quotation-vocabulary word matching questions)
- Comprehensive Vocabulary Final for Units 1-7
- Comprehensive Vocabulary Final for Units 8-15
- Printable Student Answer Sheets
- Answer Keys for all 15 quizzes and the final unit tests
- Teacher's Guide
I hope this unit helps in your classroom this year!