SAT Vocabulary Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Use this lesson plan to teach your students strategies for studying the vocabulary for the SAT. A text lesson will introduce the concept to the students who will then apply these concepts in several hands-on activities, ending with a fun vocabulary game.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define Tier Two words
  • Prioritize what vocabulary to study when preparing for the SAT
  • Evaluate multiple choice answers for words in context questions


This lesson will take approximately 60 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.9-10.4.a

Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


Students will need to understand the meaning of following words to be able to do this activity:

  • Context clues
  • Tier Two words


  • Copies of the text lesson Vocabulary on the Revised SAT and the lesson quiz, one for each student
  • Sets of four index cards with A, B, C, D written on them, enough sets for each small group
  • Frayer model template to show students
  • Blank index cards
  • Colored pencils
  • List of Tier Two words (found easily with an online search); one for each student
  • PowerPoint with a Tier Two word written on each slide
  • Index cards with College Board practice questions (questions can easily be found with an online search); enough cards for each small group

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