Domain-Specific Vocabulary Activity: You’re Speaking My Language!

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Build background knowledge AND content vocabulary through peer instruction! This activity puts students in the role of teacher, making less work for you and more engagement for students!

Complete this activity in as few as 3-4 days, depending on the amount of in-class work time and how much time you allow for presentations:

Step 1: Students brainstorm all of the different "worlds" they live in: their hobbies, interests, cultures, etc. Then they choose one (i.e. basketball, knitting, camping, anything!) and identify 10 words that you "must" know to survive in that world.

Step 2: After making a quick "vocab list" with definitions, students put those words into context by writing a paragraph-long story using all 10 words.

Step 3: Finally, all students present their 10 words to the class. While presenters are talking, everyone else is writing down words on a graphic organizer, building a pile of domain-specific vocabulary to learn and laugh about!

Optional: Use the blank quiz template provided to assess students on words that arose during the presentations, using “Teacher’s Choice” words and “Student’s Choice” words, to demonstrate that students have acquired vocabulary (and can use it!).

This 9-page download includes the following:
- Introduction page giving purpose and context for the project, including definitions of terms like jargon and domain-specific vocabulary (1 page)
- Activity directions pages, including two sample projects for students to read and critique as model texts using words in narrative contexts (2 pages)
- Brainstorm graphic organizer
- Listening guide graphic organizer, so students take notes during others’ presentations (2 pages)
- A content and presentation rubric, assessing CCSS language, writing (narrative), and speaking standards (1 page)
- A blank quiz template* that can be customized to the vocabulary used in YOUR class (2 pages)

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Teaching Duration
4 Days

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Domain-Specific Vocabulary Activity: You’re Speaking My Language!
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Domain-Specific Vocabulary Activity: You’re Speaking My Language!
Domain-Specific Vocabulary Activity: You’re Speaking My Language!
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