Vocabulary is learned best in context, yet it can be very time-consuming for teachers to pull the words from the texts they are teaching and also create enough practice around those words for students to learn and remember them. Oftentimes, we also overwhelm students with too many words, resulting in them learning even less. This assignment focuses on 5 words from classic literature with practice sentences so students can begin to recognize context clues. I also require more verbal practice throughout the reading to receive an A. By the end of the year, students remembered more this way. All of the words included are SAT vocabulary practice words. This also helps meet the vocabulary acquisition and use standards.
The assignment includes 5 sections – 1. Sentences from the text, used the five chosen words. 2. Matching – Students must input the correct word. 3. Defining the words- Using context clues to write definitions in your own words 4. Thinking about thinking: What context clue did use to define the word? 5. Students must use the word in context for the remainder of the reading time (or for a set period of time you determine) A key with definitions is included.
It’s a good idea to start this lesson, speaking the words and their definitions so the students know how to pronounce them.