This is a chart I use with every reading story to help the students to learn their vocabulary words. In the first column, they simply write the word. The second column requires them to write what they think each word means by reading it in context. Once they have used context clues to write what they think it means, then they fill out the third column, which is where they write the actual definition, and then compare it to what they thought it meant. In the fourth column, students use their thesaurus to write at least one synonym for the word. In the last column, they are to create a new, original sentence with the word, demonstrating their understanding of the meaning and their ability to use it in a sentence. I find that this organizer really does help students to remember the words for their assessments. You could have them fill in each row as they learn a new word, or even fill in one column a day. It's very adaptable!