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hnewberry | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:43 AM via web

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Could you help me create a 5-day unit plan that focuses on using literature to build vocabulary?

Strategies should support vocabulary and include four formative and one summative assessment to gauge student progress. 4-8 grade

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 10, 2012 at 2:59 AM (Answer #1)

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The manner in which you would do this would depend on the kind of literature that you are doing. If it’s a five-day plan, I’m tempted to assume that you’re talking about working with a novel. If it’s something shorter, this can be adapted.

Day One: Have a list of words in advance from the first day’s reading. Either have students find the definitions or supply them yourself. Then, when students read the passage that has the words in it, have them discuss the meaning of the sentences in which they encounter the word. This is formative if you are gauging their understanding during the process.

Day Two: Begin reading in class without having a pre-reading word list. This time, students will point out the words they don’t know as they read. Stop reading long enough to explain the words and have students write them down, if you’re having them keep a running list. This is formative if you are gauging their understanding during the process.

 

Day Three: Review the words from Day’s One and Two. Decide which method worked best, and use that method again for Day Three’s reading. Ask students to use this day’s words in original sentences. This is formative.

Day Four: Quiz on words from first three days. This is formative because they will have a chance to correct mistakes and re-take the quiz.

Day Five: Hand back quizzes. Students will need to see what they got wrong. Tell them they will have a chance to take the quiz again in a day or two. Then allow students to ask for help on the words they missed. You cannot answer them, but let other students help them as you verify right answers. Students love to help others and show what they know in the process. Then re-administer the quiz. This time the grade counts. This is summative.

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