Posted by: waldropcv | June 13, 2010

Instructional Strategies #2: Vocabulary Journal Review

Your Name: Chris Waldrop

Name of Strategy: Vocabulary Journal

Source: All America Reads

Link to the Strategy:

Give a thorough description of the strategy and how it will be implemented:

Students will learn the meanings of confusing words or phrases by writing down these words or phrases in a chart.  Also in this chart they will write what they think the word means, as well as context clues that give them reason for this provisional definition.

The chart could look something like this:

Word/Phrase (page #) What I think it means Context Clues

Explain what part of the standard course of study is addressed by this activity.

Competency Goal 4: The learner will critically analyze text to gain meaning, develop thematic connections, and synthesize ideas.

Competency Goal 6: The learner will apply conventions of grammar and language usage.

Explain why you think this strategy will work. How does the strategy help your students learn?

This strategy will work because the students will learn to use context clues to help their understanding of certain words as well as the novel as a whole.



  1. The chart didn’t turn out how it looked in MS Word, but I think you get the idea.

  2. Cool!
    Paying careful attention to context clues will help students become better readers no matter if their is a dictionary around or not.
    -Alyssa Matty

  3. I think this is a good strategy. It is always good to learn the meaning of words we don’t know in any subject.

  4. I like the idea of students learning on their own by using different context clues and developing the skill to understand words.

    Justin Weltz

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