Lesson Plan

Voracious Vocabulary Victors!

Dig deep into vocabulary words in context to help students better grasp vocabulary words and make them their own
Stephanie T.
Classroom teacher
Detroit Country Day School
Beverly Hills, United States
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to review new vocabulary words, learn how to use words in the proper context, and then write sentences using new vocabulary words with proper context.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 – 12
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1 Warm-Up

Students will take a poll on proper use of vocabulary words in context. The poll will be created previously by the teacher and will be assigned to students via Qlovi. 

Qlovi allows teachers to set up a digital classroom. This is especially helpful because teachers can create a poll or quiz and only have it activated for a set period of time. Thus, students cannot share the quiz with students in another hour/different class. 

2 Direct Instruction

Students will review the video and reading materials under the lesson, "Understanding Words in Context" on Qlovi. This will be assigned by the teacher and students can work on this independently or together with the teacher as a class.

Teachers can decide whether or not to use a worksheet or note-taking sheet to help with student engagement while watching the film. Teachers could also distribute a notecard or sticky note to students where they could record a noteworthy or key idea from the video. Then the teacher and students could share their findings.

3 Independent Practice

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Using Quizlet, students will create flashcards for their given vocabulary words. On these flashcards, they will have the word, part of speech, definition and then use the word in a sentence, making sure its context is paid particulary attention to.

Teachers should model the flashcards first and show an examplary flashcard to students with a well-written vocabulary sentence. Discuss context clues and how to include them in one's writing (examples of context clues are: definitions, synonyms, antonyms, examples).

Students should share the flashcards with the teacher and then the teacher can review them and encourage students to use them to study for a test or exam.

4 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their most outstanding sentence to their classmates as a way to exit the room. This way teachers can actively see who understands how to write a proper vocabulary sentence. The teacher should jot down the naems of students he or she should work one-on-one with (or in small group instruction) next class if they need remediation.