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Discussion for Building Vocabulary
Brenda Essig (Faculty)
Building vocabulary generates many benefits. It directs students' toward a greater understanding of their reading skills, while building self-confidence. Furthermore, the best way to develop and improve upon vocabulaty is to have a thesaurus in hand. This material provdes that environment and consists of objectives and the importance of education.
Joe Matulis (Teacher (K-12))
I like the idea of teaching students about using a Thesaurus and how they can find one online. I like to you the thesaurus built into word and right click on a word to find its synonym. I like how you are allowing students to use their own writing. I bet every student feel more confident about their lexicon at the end of this lesson. I also like the idea of giving the students a list of over used words so they know what they should be looking for. Once students find overused words, they have already made a list of words they can use to replace them with.
Liat Rothfeld (Teacher (K-12))
Thanks for sharing this lesson plan. I see it being very effective in the classroom. To begin with, you help students make connections with how they will apply the skills learned for purposes beyond school. By using a web-based thesaurus, students are introduced to a resource they can use at any place and any time, not just in class. Rather than simply teach students how to compose a piece of writing which includes descriptive vocabulary, you use the lesson to help students go back and revise a piece they have already composed. This reinforces for students that writing isn’t just something a person does and is “finished” – that there is always room for improvement, and that it’s worth it to go back and look for ways to make a piece of writing more effective.