Vocabulary tests are boring... and pointless! Teaching vocabulary words without context is like teaching fishing from a video game. Vocabulary is the blood of the educated. Vocabulary cannot be learned as sterile snippets; you must get bloody with words for them to be yours! Vocabulary is power, with meaning!
This is an innovative, creative, and student-directed project that goes beyond sterile vocabulary tests.
Students will be creating a publishable book that incorporates vocabulary words they have been exposed to throughout the school year. Once students have created their own story, they will design, develop, and illustrate that story using the Internet-based program, Storybird.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Here is what is included with this project:
1. READ ME FIRST! (Teacher instructions and advice for this project).
2. "That Is To Say": the complete assignment (in PDF format).
3. A Blank Vocab List (in WORD format).
4. The Publishing Rubric (six total-in PDF format):
5. Feedback & Scoring Sheet (in PDF format).
COMMON CORE STANDARD(S) MET:
Writing: Text Types and Purposes
W.2.: Write informative/explanatory text to examine topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
W.3.: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
W.4.: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Writing: Range of Writing
W.10.: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two).
Language: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
L.4.: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on content; choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.