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Internalization of Vocabulary Through the Use of a Word Map

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time One or two 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Betsy Hughes

Churchville, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Dictionaries (or online references, such as or Word Central)

  • Highlighter or colored pencils

  • Overhead projector, transparencies, and markers

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1. This vocabulary lesson uses the short story "The Most Dangerous Game." Read the story and preselect several vocabulary words that will probably be unfamiliar to your students and can be easily modeled. A sample vocabulary list is provided, with sample vocabulary words from the story underlined and in bold.

2. You can plan to have students work with a partner, particularly if some students are weak in dictionary skills.

3. Prepare printed copies of the short story and blank word map templates.

4. Prepare overhead transparencies of the sample word map for harbor and the blank word map template.

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