Words to Know is a weekly activity that helps students to practice important acquisition skills, while expanding their vocabulary. This packet includes: a system outline/objective with a list of core standards being addressed, a worksheet, an example to demonstrate how to use the program, a list of words, a list of the same words (in a size large enough to hang on the wall).
1. Weekly, a word is chosen and displayed in a visible area within the classroom.
2. Students then must complete the worksheet independently throughout the week.
3. Finally, the class as a whole reviews the information gathered.
a. Through review, you can discuss the origin of the word, how it has changed through time, proper usage and pronunciation, and context.
Prior Knowledge Necessary:
How to use a dictionary and thesaurus
Parts of speech
Definition of connotation and denotation
Basic understanding of Latin and Greek root words
o You may provide a list of common roots as reference
The difference between prefixes, roots, and suffixes
Common Core Standards Addressed:
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple‐meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized
reference materials, as appropriate.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain‐specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level;
demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.