Dictionaries become more personalized if students make and bind their own dictionaries.
Throughout the reading of and continuing throughout other novels, students find new, unfamiliar words and add the words with a definition in their own words and an illustration of the word.
This extension can be used for phonics instruction, especially for the various "y" sounds and "a" sounds.
is a great way to start the school year for the purpose of establishing a vocabulary development practice to use throughout the year.
One night, I overheard my grandparents talking in hushed voices about how I not only look like my dad, but that I act like him too and that they better keep an eye on me because who knows what I might do.
Then for practice, provide students with a couple writing prompts to choose from like "It was the worst day ever" or "I'll never forget when..." and have students focus on including their own voice in their writing.The unvanquished truth, is how Freak would say it, and for a long time it was him who did the talking." is a 1993 young adult novel by Rodman Philbrick.The story is narrated by Maxwell Kane, a large boy who is self-described as stupid.Rick Van De Weghe writes of modeling: "teachers show how they go about the processes of reading and writing-drawing students' attention to the ways readers and writers think and the real decisions they make, especially when they themselves are challenged." This lesson makes extensive use of modeling through a series of activities related to the book . "Deep Modeling and Authentic Teaching: Challenging Students or Challenging Students? back to top Discussion or prompted response regarding the meaning of the title, where it comes from, and why it's important to the story." English Journal 95.4 (March 2006): 84-88 Atwell, Nancie. In the Middle: New Understandings about Reading, Writing, and Learning. Ask students to brainstorm with partners other possible titles and explain why each would fit as a title.He describes the time when he met and became friends with another boy named Freak.The two first briefly meet in daycare, where Freak is shown having to wear braces on his legs and uses crutches to walk.As an extension, particularly for struggling readers, have students find other words and group by families of phonics sounds.Then have them list other words that fit with these families.Provide students with your expectations for the number of words.Extension activities might include students using a given number of their own vocabulary words within a piece of writing, vocabulary quizzes, creating a memory game out of the words and definitions, or other activities you've done in the past for vocabulary development.