Vocabulary Analysis Squares
I began to notice, however, that my English learner students had a hard time recognizing words from different parts of speech but with the same roots. For example in Social Studies we often use the words secede (v) and secession (n) when talking about the American Civil War in which the South seceded from the Union. My students wouldn't recognize those two words as one family with one meaning, but rather thought that every word was new and had to be remembered individually. To address this need, I created my own vocabulary analysis chart and included a component called Word Family Members. I called my vocabulary chart Vocabulary Analysis Squares:
There are five components to my Vocabulary Analysis Squares graphic organizer.
- Write the word itself in the center. I usually prompt students to include the part of speech along with the word.
- Draw or find a picture of some sort to represent the word. I think that this part is particularly important for English learner students because it allows them to visualize meaning in a concrete way. I often find that students will complete the drawing before anything else, and that this drawing would fuel their completion of the other components.
- Write a definition for the word. This could be self-created or copied from a dictionary or textbook, depending on your needs.
- Use the word in a sentence. This could be simple or complex, depending on the student and the concepts involved.
- Write down word family members: other words with the same root. I also prompt students to write native-language translations in this box.
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