Real understanding of and command of a new vocabulary word is best demonstrated when students can appropriately use the words in their own speech and writing. Today we discussed strategies for using our vocabulary words in sentences that demonstrate the meaning of the words of the lesson.
We came up with a list of tips and tricks for good sentences. They include:
1. Note the part of speech of the vocabulary word -- make sure your use in your sentence matches its job.
2. Use complex sentences because the subordinating conjuctions (like because, so, when) give the writer an opportunity to sneak definition details into the sentence that help to illuminate ("show") the meaning of the vocabulary word.
3. When reviewing your own sentences, consider using the "definition substitution" strategy -- substitute a word or phrase that means the same thing as the vocabulary word to make sure your sentence makes sense.
4. STARTS WITH // ENDS WITH .... need we say more?
5. MARK the vocabulary word you used in each sentence ... this helps you to verify that you actually HAVE a vocabulary word IN the sentence. :-)
As we work on these throughout the year, we will probably come up with more
Check in here for updates on what's happening in Ms. A.'s 7th Grade English class.
You might find the following codes on work returned to you for revision. Here's what they mean:
≣ = missing capital
The sentence has a word that needs to be capitalized.
/ = extra capital
There is a capital letter in the sentence that should be lower case.
P = punctuation
There is a punctuation error in the sentence that you SHOULD be able to find and correct.
C = context
The sentence needs more detail/context to show the writer's thinking or the word's meaning.
S/V = subject/verb
The sentence does not have subject-verb agreement. Make sure that you have used a singular verb with a singular subject and a plural verb with a plural subject.
F = fragment
The sentence, as written, is a fragment. Make sure you have a subject and a verb.
RO = run-on
The sentence, as written, is a run-on. You have a variety of options for repairing run-ons.