Tip: Two or Four Section Vocabulary
How do I do it?
Direct students to create vocabulary cards for a text they they have or will be reading. Show an example on a sheet of paper (see illustration) and give individual sheets divided in half OR fourths. In each section, direct students to make: an illustration, a sentence, a child-friendly/kid language definition, and the vocabulary word (for 2 sections, students make a picture and write the word). If made on index cards, they can be hole-punched and added to an Acco ring to become a personal dictionary.
Variations & Extensions
Assign key vocabulary to students at their current writing and reading level and related to the content you are studying. Post the finished vocabulary sheets on one area of the wall. Direct students to refer to the word wall when reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Assign students to write or orally compose a sentence, paragraph, or essay using 3-10 of the key vocabulary words.
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 3
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Everyday ELL is now Every Language Learner.