In this post, Kim reflects on the vocabulary development of her sons as they have participated in family read alouds of DIVERGENT. She encourages readers to rely on reading, writing, and talking rather than on workbooks to build vocabulary.
"Every child is AELL, an academic English language learner, including those from a home in which language usage maps more readily onto classroom contexts. However, youths with limited English proficiency, primary language delays, or nonstandard dialects will arguably have more acute and compelling academic oral language priorities as schools embark upon career and college readiness courses."
This week: exercises for learning new vocabulary words; taking a position on an issue currently roiling some college campuses; and writing short fiction that incorporates what students have read in science class.
Watch as one 7th grade writing teacher makes a vocabulary lesson interactive. Using some great classroom management techniques, this teacher gets her students to have fun while learning vocabulary. Name of lesson is called Kick Me.
Try using this video as a lesson starter, without giving context. It makes a solid point when choosing and using words in writing. Aligns well to CCSS Anchor 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.
To further push rigor, ask students to critique the video (and some of the comments) for improvement in clarity, and even point of view.
It's alarming that such a simple video about word choice would illicit such impassioned dialog. Ahhh the power of words!