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National Poetry Month: Bowdlerize a Poetic Text with Vocabulary Words

 

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In honor of National Poetry Month, I want to highlight the Bowdlerize Your Vocabulary Handout I created last year.

The word bowdlerize comes from the man Thomas Bowdler, who, in the early 1800’s, found Shakespeare’s ribald innuendos so appalling that he published The Family Shakespeare –a censored version of Shakespeare’s plays more appropriate for women and children.  He later did the same with The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (“Thomas Bowdler”).  While I disapprove of Bowdler’s actions, I am fascinated by the fact that there is a vocabulary word based on his actions!

With my free handout, students will "bowdlerize" Sonnet 130 by William Shakespeare using their favorite vocabulary words and their own similes.

First, have all students pick their top 5 vocabulary words from the year.  Then, have them think about what makes someone lovely or ugly and write down three similes for pretty and three for ugly. Then give every student a copy of my Bowdlerize Your Vocabulary Handout. Using their similes and their favorite vocabulary words, students will rewrite Shakespeare’s sentiments as their own, then call their work the “_________(last name)-ized” version of the text. 

 

Download the Bowdlerize Your Vocabulary Handout

 

 

 

 

Note: This method can work with any text-fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, and kids will definitely buy in because they are personalizing tough texts.  You can appreciate that your students are expressing complex thoughts in new and interesting ways.

 

Common-Core-Standards Common Core State Standards:

Reading Literature/Informational Text Standard 4. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text
Reading Literature/Informational Text Standard 5. Analyze the structure of texts
Reading Literature/Informational Text Standard 6. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes a text
Reading Literature/Informational Text Standard 10. Read and comprehend complex literary texts
Language Standard 3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts
Language Standard 5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning

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Vocabuary Activity: Vocabulary Comix

I love reading comic strips; I especially love comic strips that include vocabulary words.  I have cut out and posted several around my room, and sometimes my students will bring them in for me.

However, instead of just waiting for comic strips to appear, I have started asking my students to make their own.  There are many ways for students to create their own comic strips.  I have blanked out the speech bubbles in Sunday comics and have had students use free online sites like storyboardthat.com or makebeliefscomix.com to have students create both the images and the content.

However, I’m excited to present an even easier way to have students create comics.  I have created a few templates here for you that students can make their own.

 

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  Vocabulary Comix Handout

 

 

 

Common-Core-Vocab-Gal Common Core State Standards:
Reading Literature/Informational Text Standard 2. Determine themes of text
Writing Standard 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate
Writing Standard 4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate
Language Standard 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Language Standard 5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge 

 

 

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Vocabulary Game: You’re on a Roll

Students love to play games and be social.  Playing with dice gives students an opportunity to practice their vocabulary in an enjoyable way.  The dice mandates I’ve created can be modified or combined if you have more than one dice per group (renumber 1-12 rather than just 1-6).  I’d also love other mandates that you have given your students depending on the number rolled.

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Here are the two different ways to play:

Option 1: Divide the class into groups of 3-5 (depending on how many dice you have).  Give each group a list of vocabulary words.  Have the first student in the group roll the dice and then use the first word in the list in his/her answer. The next student in the group rolls and also uses the first word in the list in his/her answer. Once all group members have used the first word, students can move on to the second word.  Once all students have used the second word, move on to the third, etc.  Suggested time limit per student answer: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Option 2: Divide the class into groups of 3-5 (depending on how many dice you have).  Give each group a list of vocabulary words.  Have the first student in the group roll the dice and then use the first word in the list in his/her answer.  The next student in the group rolls and uses the second word in the list in his her answer.  This continues until all the words on the list are used. Suggested time limit per student answer: 30 seconds to 1 minute.

 

Notes:  You could make a variety of word lists and then have groups switch lists when they finish a round.

If students are uncomfortable playing in a group, feel free to have them roll on their own and write down their responses.

 

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Speaking & Listening Standard 1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations
Language Standard 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge

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Top 5 Tips for Preparing for Vocabulary Aspects of the SAT

The College Board announced that the SAT is changing to better address the Common Core Standards as well as become more transparent and more egalitarian-I am excited! 

What I’m even more excited about is that the emphasis on vocabulary will not change.  Clearly, I love words –as do all of you I suspect!  However, the evidence is clear that students with a strong vocabulary are great readers, writers and thinkers-the backbone of 21st century skills.

How do we as teachers continue to prepare students for the current SAT (as well as the new test coming out in 2016?).

Check out my tip sheet for help.

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  5 Tips for Preparing for Vocabulary Aspects of the SAT

 

 

 

Common-Core-ELA Common Core State Standards:

Language Standard 3. Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts.
Language Standard 4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown words
Language Standard 5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meaning.
Language Standard 6. Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge 

 

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Test Prep and Review Strategies for Students

‘Tis the season for Common Core assessments, and I know that testing causes anxiety for most of us. I want to lessen your burden by giving you a simple checklist that my academic coach friend Brandi Hutson and I developed to help ensure that your students do well on any assessment they take, whether it be a basic vocabulary assessment or a major Common Core State Standards assessment.

 

Checklist for Test Prep

  • Students understand the format of test questions.

  • Students have strategies for answering each test question format (see download).

  • Students know the learning targets that will be covered on the test.

  • Students recognize the learning targets they have mastered.

  • Students realize the learning targets they still need to review.

  • Students have additional opportunities for review, especially for learning targets they still need to master (see additional review opportunities below).

  • Students have tools, and know how to use them, to help them study (such as flashcards, online quizzes, reviewing feedback on previous quizzes/tests, etc). 

 

Test-Strategies

 

In addition to my checklist, I've created three handouts that can assist your students in test prep. The first handout with sheep on it is basic strategies for all students grades 2-12+ when answering multiple choice questions on prose passages.

The second handout is for high school students, especially honors level students, when asked to answer ACT, SAT, and AP questions over reading passages.  These are the strategies I tell my own high school students as we prepare for our AP Lit test in the spring.

The third handout is an awesome flashcard template students can use to help them study. Happy testing!

 

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Additional Review Opportunites*

*These can all be modified if you have content other than vocabulary to review.

Oranges to Oranges
Think Tac Toe
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Rap your Words
Toss the Vocabulary
Memory with Words 
Banned Words
Vocab-Categories 

 

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