This graphic organizer provides a visual picture for students to break down words as if they are dropping them in a machine for deconstruction. It has steps for determining the connotation, identifying the root (or prefix/suffix), finding the dictionary definition (with spaces for synonyms and antonyms), trying the word in a sentence, connecting the word to others with similar roots, and then drawing a picture or symbol to represent the word.
In order to best differentiate and scaffold a single vocabulary term, the Word Machine might be the most efficient method. Plus, it can be incorporated into any content, any unit.
Let me know how it goes!