Tip: 2 Color Highlighting
How do I do it?
When students read a text, give them 2 different color highlighters: words you know in one color and words you need to learn in the other color. As students read, they highlight the appropriate words. The teacher can assess the level of difficulty for students by checking to see what they have highlighted.
Variations & Extensions
Direct students to copy down the words they do not know on a list. These then become words that they need to define in their personal dictionary or words that the teacher needs to incorporate into their word study and vocabulary explanations. Choose an additional color for key vocabulary that is the focus of current study.
Common Core ELA Reading Standard 4
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
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