College Words

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A highly effective vocabulary building program that gets kids excited about learning and using new words.

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College Words

  1. 1. College Words<br />A great way to add vocabulary to your day!<br />
  2. 2. How it’s done in a nutshell:<br />Select a high use or content rich word<br />Display the word prominently<br />Find a synonym for the word or a brief phrase that means the same thing<br />Add a gesture<br />Use the word as often as you can throughout the day.<br />
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  4. 4. For example:<br />I choose the word vapid<br />Say it with me.<br />“Heard the word?”<br />“Never heard the word?”<br />“Heard the word and can tell you what it means.”<br />Explain the meaning of the word: lack of liveliness or spirit, dull or tedious.<br />
  5. 5. Add some fun!<br />Give class points whenever someone uses, hears, reads, or writes the word<br />Class points can add up to something special<br />
  6. 6. Assign a student to be the word keeper of the word<br />Give them a half sheet form to create a visual remembrance <br />definition<br />synonym<br />picture<br />sentence<br />Hang a collection of them on a wall or keep in a binder in the classroom library<br />
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  8. 8. Helpful Hints<br />Search for words in students grade level literature <br />Select words that you think students will use<br />When you think of or see a word, keep an ongoing list in a handy place<br />Write the synonym near the word<br />Use the word during transitions to increase usage.<br />
  9. 9. Famous Quotes <br />“I left my Valentine Party note on the banister this morning.” – Keyaujae<br />“I heard the word adjacent in a commercial last night, and I knew exactly what they meant!” – Alec<br />“Corridor! It’s on the test! I know what it means!” – Kyle, during the Gates MacGinitie test. <br />
  10. 10. Credits<br />This program incorporates some of the ideas from: <br />Stephanie Harvey came up with the “Word Keeper” slogan for a similar program <br />Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) <br />

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