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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


Lesson Plans

Strategy Guides

Professional Library



Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

A Prereading Strategy: Using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) Approach

Students learn content area vocabulary and increase reading comprehension using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) approach.


Grades   7 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Picture This: Student Created Online Vocabulary Flashcards

Let the students be the vocabulary experts! Prior to whole class instruction, students create online flashcards and teach the class the new vocabulary.


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Grades   4 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Using Generative Sentences to Apply Academic Vocabulary

In this guide, you will learn how to use generative sentences to give students opportunities to apply their knowledge of new words in writing.


Grades   3 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Using Concept Circles to Develop Academic Vocabulary

In this guide, you will learn how to use the Concept Circles strategy to support vocabulary development and comprehension of complex text.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Overlapping Vocabulary and Comprehension: Context Clues Complement Semantic Gradients

This teaching technique combines two strategies, context clues and semantic gradients, to help students make vocabulary-to-comprehension connections.


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