Not Your Average Vocabulary Lesson
Create a scavenger hunt of new vocabulary words using QR Codes. Each code should be a new word, and your students will have to create a definition that actually makes sense to the students in order to get the clue for their next word.
2 Guided Practice
Students will then make a quick video and take a picture that represents the meaning of each word they had to define. They can edit their videos with Videolicious or iMovie. The app Phonto allows users to add words to their pictures, so students are able to include their vocabulary word with their snapshot.
3 Wrap Up
Once all of the videos and pictures are complete, allow students to share one or two of their examples. Give the class time to discuss each presentation and provide feedback to one another.
Key Standards Supported
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11–12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., conceive, conception, conceivable).
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Acquire and use accurately 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 considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.