Tip: Use it!
How do I do it?
List 5-20 key vocabulary words on the board related to what you are studying. For example, for a unit on geography: basin, mountain, peak, river, ocean, lake, etc. Sit in a circle. The teacher begins by writing the first sentence of the story, for example, “Once upon a time, on a mountain peak, there lived an old woman.” Pairs add a sentence to the story that you record for all on the board. Offer an extra point or a cheer for each vocabulary word used.
Variations & Extensions:
Students can play in small groups and record their own stories with differentiated vocabulary lists and then read aloud to the class.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 6
Acquire and use accurately a range of 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 encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.