Improving Adolescent Literacy is a must-have for every teacher. The source for the above-mentioned Vocab Square and Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart activities, this book offers a number of activities toward improving literacy and vocabulary knowledge, detailing how each can be implemented in every subject area.
The Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart is an empowering tool, especially for struggling readers. As students read a text, it is up to them to fill out the Vocabulary Self-Awareness Chart, determining how well they know or do not know certain vocabulary found in the text.
I love using Vocab Squares and my students love using them, too. By placing the vocabulary word in the center box, students then fill in the rest of the squares. Vocab Squares are a holistic approach to learning vocabulary in that students learn word origins, draw a picture, find synonyms and antonyms over defining and using the word in a sentence. Vocabulary can be divided among the students and then shared with each other, further placing the ownership of learning in the hands of the students.
20 Vocabulary Lesson Ideas is a resource I turn to time and again, especially when I feel my other methods of vocabulary instruction are getting stale and I want to inject something fresh into my lessons.