About This Chapter
Standard: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.6)
About This Chapter
This chapter will help reinforce your students' ongoing vocabulary development. Students who have practiced the skills and activities outlined in this chapter will be able to actively increase their word knowledge as they come across new words and practice their use. The lessons in these videos explain how to:
- Develop strategies for learning new vocabulary
- Teach new vocabulary
- Use context in teaching vocabulary
As you work through these lessons, you will help your students achieve mastery of this Common Core standard. Students who have achieved such mastery will actively seek out the definitions of new words they encounter in their studies and daily lives and absorb those words into their working vocabulary. They will use increasingly complex and precise words in their original copy and daily conversations.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Incorporate these vocabulary expansion activities to encourage your students' active vocabulary development.
Vocab building practice
Watch the video 'Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary' with your students in class. Outline the process visually and have students copy it down: 1) a new word is encountered, 2) use context and word associations to work out a possible meaning, 3) confirm or deny the inferred meaning by consulting a dictionary, 4) paraphrase the definition in one's own words, and 5) use the word in new contexts to practice. Have students use this process to discover new words from reading material throughout the week as homework, working through the process step-by-step on paper. Have students share their favorite new words at the end of the exercise.
Introducing new vocab-building exercises
In a week of working with new vocabulary, do one of the activities described in the 'How to Teach New Vocabulary' lesson each day with your students. Have your students develop new exercises of their own to practice in class in the following weeks.
Explore the interrelatedness and relative precision of various words through synonyms. Break your students into small groups, providing each with a thesaurus. Have the students come up with a word to use as a starting point and then give them a block of time to follow a chain of synonyms from that word, recording each new word as they go. Make sure they remember not to go back to a previously-used word at any point. At the end of the allotted time, have the groups write down a paraphrased definition of the start and finish words: do they mean something similar or are they completely different words? Did anyone end up with an antonymous word? Which team ended up with the longest chain?
1. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.
2. How to Teach New Vocabulary
This lesson describes how to introduce a new vocabulary word and several sample activities for reinforcing the meanings of the terms. A short quiz follows the lesson.
3. Teaching Vocabulary in Context
Learning vocabulary in context helps people make connections for better comprehension. We'll look at a variety of learning strategies that can help students understand and incorporate new words effectively. After the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Language: Standards course
- English Language Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
- Phrases and Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1A
- Types of Sentences: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1B
- Modifiers: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1C
- English Grammar Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2
- Comma Rules: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2A
- Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B
- English Language Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3A
- Determining Meaning with Context: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4A-D
- Figurative Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5A-C