This PowerPoint presentation includes 60 key vocabulary words for the novel, Blood on the River. The vocabulary words are organized by chapter, and there is a slide for each word. Each slide includes the vocabulary word, its part of speech, a sentence that uses the vocabulary word, and a definition of the word. To teach these vocabulary words, use the Guessed Meaning strategy. Here's how it works:
1) Have each student create a Guessed Meaning chart. (An example is provided in this PowerPoint). The chart has four columns which are labeled as follows: 1) Word and Part of Speech, 2) Guessed Meaning, 3) Context Meaning, and 4) Dictionary Meaning.
2) Open the PowerPoint and go to the section that matches the chapters that students will be reading. (Example: Chapters 1-4).
3) Display the first vocabulary word and its part of speech (Example: slops- noun). Have students record the word and its part of speech in the first column of the chart.
4) Have students record what they think the word means in the second column of the chart (Guessed Meaning). You may have students pair up and share their guesses with each other.
5) Display the context sentence (a sentence that uses the vocabulary word). (Example: Sam put on his slops and tied them at his waist.) **
6) Have students record what they think the word means based on the context in the third column of the chart (Context Meaning). You may have students pair up and share their guesses with each other.
7) Display the definition of the vocabulary word (Example definition: Wide, baggy pants that are often worn by sailors). **
8) Have students record the definition in the last column of the chart (Dictionary Meaning).
This is a great way to have students practice the skill of using context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.
Created by: Tolu Noah
**The definitions and some of the context sentences were taken from student-friendly print and online dictionaries.