Use Strategies to Engage Students in Word Study
A traditional vocabulary classroom often involves students getting a list of words to study on Monday, looking up words in a dictionary or glossary on Tuesday, writing the words in sentences on Wednesday, playing a game on Thursday, and then taking a test on the words on Friday (Beers, 2002; Ivey & Fisher, 2005). This routine is comfortable and familiar, mostly because this is the routine many teachers had as students. However, many teachers were
already wordsmiths as students, readers who loved words. The traditional strategies simply reinforced the word study they already did on their own. To truly create a sense of word study and ownership, teachers need to employ a variety of strategies.