Words, Words, Words: Learning and Using New Vocabulary

Words, Words, Words: Learning and Using New Vocabulary

CRA Description : 
This assignment asks students to predict and confirm meanings of words, reflect upon appropriate contexts in which to use their new words, and construct brief passages in which the words are used appropriately. The assignment assesses and improves students’ ability to infer and confirm meanings of words using context, word parts (roots and affixes), and dictionaries. It also assesses students’ ability to use new words correctly.
Subjects: 
Cross-disciplinary
English Language Arts
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Affix
Contextual Clue
Familiarity
Prefix
Root Word
Suffix
Prior Knowledge: 
It will be helpful for students to have the a background in the following before beginning this assignment: knowledge of the most common Greek and Latin root words (such as “pseudo” and “graph”), knowledge of common prefixes and suffixes (such as “un-,” “pre-,” “-ism,” and “-ly”), ability to use a dictionary in hard copy and/or online, ability to write an essay using conventional grammar and punctuation. Students should also be comfortable using word processing software and have prior understanding of and practice in all parts of the writing process, including invention, drafting, revision, and proofreading.