Ch 11: English Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6

About This Chapter

Explore methods for expanding and practicing vocabulary with your students in this chapter. Take a look at the suggestions for activities below to help you get started.

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.

Synonym chains

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?

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