THE Frayer Model to END ALL Frayer Models!
For Secondary ELLs and Intensive Readers
Completing Frayer model pages can be tedious and very time consuming (Uhgg!). The worst part is, students often fill them out incorrectly, pulling up the wrong meaning for multiple meaning words. Their sentences are wacky marked by atrocious syntactical errors because students feel obligated to force the use of the word as is given that they have not mastered conjugation or proper subject verb agreement, yet. Oh, and how about those lackluster illustrations that you can't score objectively because you are not psychic and thus have no clue as to what connection the student made to the word and their own personal experiences. Do you give them a point for their efforts or do you call them up for an "explanation" to walk you thorough their reasoning?
The Ultimate Frayer Model addresses ALL those problems! I have taken best practices for spelling (write it at least 3 times) and handwriting from my elementary teacher-friends and combined them with the skills my secondary ELLs and intensive readers need to pay attention to details, dig deeper, and demonstrate understanding of words in context. I just had an epiphany and realized that the more information I provide students with upfront, less time was wasted, the more accurate their Frayer model pages were and the more useful they were as study tools and reference sheets.
If you've experienced any of all of my struggles with past Frayer Models, then this is the one for you! Did I mention that it's editable, so tweak to your heart's desire<3 <3
Directions: Choose 5-10 Tier 2 words (see Bringing Words to Life). All information, except for the prefix, syllable breakdown, and image should be provided upfront, by the teacher. Students will fill in the missing information and mark up (color, strike thru, underline, bold) the given information as directed in each box. The goal is to focus on the details surrounding the word and its usage. Students will engage in analysis of the sentence and create a matching illustration to demonstrate their comprehension of the vocabulary word in context.
Advise: To reinforce the word, add at least 3 opportunities for students to engage with the words, such as playing 1) Would you rather... 2) word Association 3) Applause Applause (again see Beck et al.'s Bringing Words to Life)
*Note: If your student(s) has poor handwriting or tends to misspell words/skip letters when writing because they cannot track properly, then I highly recommend typing in the word in the box before copying. Use a font like Comic Sans which more closely mimics natural handwriting and a light grey color font so students know to trace the words.