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Solving Word Meanings: Engaging Strategies for Vocabulary Development

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five 45-minute sessions plus extensions
Lesson Author

Scott Greenwood, Ed.D.

Scott Greenwood, Ed.D.

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Kevin Flanigan

West Chester, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association







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1. Throughout many of the sessions, it is recommended that students work in heterogeneous pairs or groups of four. Think about your range of learners and how best to group them for each of the sessions. Students can be paired by strengths, common needs, or interest. You can monitor and adjust pairings as students progress and gain experience. You'll need to model and work with students on the requisite group expectations and skills.

2. Use these lesson activities as an introduction to the strategies of context clues and semantic gradients. Once you and your students are comfortable with the concepts, you will want to customize further activities that relate to content area vocabulary and authentic readings. By reinforcing use of these strategies and engaging students in meaningful vocabulary activities, new words will be more easily learned and remembered.

3. Reproduce the Student Handouts (see Printouts), one for each student in your class.

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