About This Chapter
Standard: Acquire and use accurately 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 considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.11-12.6)
About This Chapter
Working through these lessons with your students will help them both develop stronger vocabulary acquisition skills and start using some trade-specific terminology. They will be able to apply these skills to real-world situations outside of the classroom as they pursue their higher studies and/or careers. This chapter covers vocabulary topics including:
- Using research tools to learn new vocabulary
- General college/career terminology
- Science and technical vocabulary
- Business-related vocabulary
- Arts college/career vocabulary
Students with strong skills in these topics will be able to incorporate trade-specific terminology into their everyday conversations and writing. They will apply the research skills discussed when they encounter new vocabulary in their explorations of potential colleges, studies, and careers.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Use these suggestions to get started with these videos.
Take trade-specific jargon to the extreme by having students hold conversations using as much career terminology as possible. Pair students off with students of the same trade interest and have them mark off words from the lessons and a few more which they found in their own research as they hold their conversation. Did any of the students use all of the words on their list?
Cover letter practice
Help your students prepare for their job and college searches by having them practice writing cover letters. Have students review the lesson associated with their projected career or studies then discuss as a class how to pull keywords out of job postings and college admissions sites. Have students research the keywords they did not understand and craft a single-page cover letter responding to the actual posting/site.
Corporate translation services
After reviewing the videos, ask students to look for videos on trade-specific information on the internet (TED talks and other similar products are always a great place to start). Have the students pull out the trade-specific terms and translate them into laymen's language.
1. How to Strengthen Your Vocabulary
Feeling that your personal lexicon is lacking? Or perhaps want to be able to manipulate polysyllabic lexemes with great facility? Or you just want to pass the SAT with a higher score - in any event, this lesson is for you.
2. How to Gather Knowledge About New Vocabulary Words
In this lesson we explore a few of the various ways in which one can learn new vocabulary words, from reading the dictionary to playing word games like Scrabble.
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