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I found Rebecca Alber’s blog at Edutopia.org. She reminds us of Robert Marzano’s six-step method for direct teaching of vocabulary. Here is a stripped-down version.
6-STEP VOCABULARY WORK
Step one: you explain the new word, beyond reciting definition
Step two: child restates/explains the word in his or her own words
Step three: child creates his or her own picture of the word
Step four: child engages in an activity (compares / classifies / makes an analogy or metaphor)
Step five: child discusses/uses the word (perhaps writing)
Step six: child plays a game that reviews new words
Remember: vocabulary has been shown to be the best single indicator of intellectual ability and an accurate predictor of success at school.
source: Rebecca Alber’s blog at http://www.edutopia.org; “Teaching Basic and Advanced Vocabulary” by Robert Marzano; “Vocabulary Games for the Classroom” by Lindsay Carlton and Robert Marzano
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