It has been proven that student achievement increases when students take ownership of their learning and monitor their own learning growth and track their own academic data. This is based on the educational research of Robert Marzano and the leadership criteria in The 7 Habits Highly Effective People for Kids by Stephen Covey.
First, students set a vocabulary goal. Then, as students learn new vocabulary words and add them to their vocabulary notebooks (directions for this are included) students track the number of words recorded and learned on the last day of every month. Two graphs included--one is 1-300, page two is 301-600.
The Common Core ELA places a big emphasis on vocabulary (Language strand), especially Tier 2 words. As teachers, we need to have a sense of urgency with word learning for our students. The more words that students can understand, the more access they will have to text, the more they will understand what they read. Let students take charge of their vocabulary learning by tracking their own vocabulary growth.