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Common Core Vocabulary Activities for High School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Helping your students develop their vocabulary is an important part of meeting the Common Core State Standards for each of the grades in high school. The activities in this lesson will help your students commit vocabulary to memory.

Why Vocabulary Activities?

If you are teaching using the Common Core State Standards, then you know that there are vocabulary words that students are expected to learn in each grade of high school. At the beginning of the year, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with these word lists - particularly with the words you do not think your students already know. However, knowing the right words to teach is only part of the story. A different question is how to help your students learn and remember these words and make them part of their active vocabulary.

One way to do this is by incorporating activities into your instruction. Activities enable your students to really focus in on vocabulary words and make them their own. Activities can also be designed to meet a variety of learning styles, so that your students can work from their strengths. The activities in this lesson are designed to help your high school students learn the vocabulary put forth by the Common Core.

Visual Activities

Many students learn best visually; they like to see diagrams, make images of how things fit together, and remember concepts by picturing them. The activities in this section appeal to these students as they learn vocabulary.

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