Vocabulary has been an ugly word in education for too long. The words are given out, tested, and forgotten within a matter of weeks. This vocabulary list,comprised of adjectives that will enhance a student's writing, only includes 50 words. The words are cycled and recycled through throughout the year. Six words a week, three new words and three words from previous lists are given each week. This lesson includes some possible activities to complete with the lists as well as possible quiz formats.
We were shocked when a word was on its third cycle and the students had still not mastered it. It was clear that our old ways of conducting vocabulary assessments were not of use. Now, slowly but surely, the students are gaining a deeper understanding of each word so that they can use it in their daily speaking and writing.