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This year is going to be different; vocabulary is going to take a front row seat to all that we do--during both reading workshop and writing workshop. Her kids were giving each other individualized vocabulary quizzes based on vocabulary they found in the independent novels they were reading.
I don't think I can get my kids to that point for a while, but I know I can turn them into vocabulary collectors. I proudly present a brand new lesson I'll be using during the first few weeks of this school year to introduce the idea of collecting words.
Writing Workshop--albeit it completely worth it--is admittedly very time-consuming. It requires a teacher to set aside a little time each week to make it work and to help it become a routine.
My students loved our workshop schedule when I saw them all every day for class because they came to school knowing that Fridays were always Writing Workshop days; my students were excited to move their latest piece of writing to the next step in the writing process.
Unfortunately, in a new administrator changed our very predictable schedule to a very confusing and rotating one, and suddenly I didn't see all of my students on Friday anymore. Like my middle school students, at first I resisted the change and complained about it.
As that year progressed and I realized my complaints weren't serving any productive purpose, I decided to create something new that I could make work with the new schedule.
I didn't see them every Friday, but odds were pretty good that I'd see them all every other Friday no matter what confusing day of rotation we were experiencing that week. I wanted to maintain the Friday energy we felt in class when we celebrated our attempts to be better writers, so I created what I call a vocabulary workshop.
Each Friday even if I don't see themmy students come to their homerooms with a new set of four published vocabulary words; a student from each homeroom then delivers the vocabulary to me before homeroom is over.
Thanks to the lesson on this page, I have trained my students to be active "word finders," and the words they publish every Friday are words from our readings that my students liked enough to do a small but special piece of writing around. My students have ten different options on which to base their vocabulary-inspired writing, and each week they have to use four different options for their four words.
Every other week, when they have eight words ready to go, we set aside thirty minutes to do a student-centered vocabulary workshop. Students must teach all of their eight words during that time to other students in class.
They are responsible for teaching a different word to each of seven or eight students with whom they partner up. I actually ask students to choose their favorite vocabulary writing activity of the week before we begin, and when they partner up with a fellow student, they have to teach the word in that favorite piece of writing as well as one of their other words to their partners.
At the end of sharing, students must do a short piece of writing that makes use of two or three vocabulary words they were taught by their classmates that day.
Students self-assess their eight vocabulary writings based on their discussions with their classroom partners, and I glance them all over to make sure the students fairly self-assessed themselves.
Graded vocabulary goes into students' vocabulary binders. On writing workshop days which now happen on random days once or twice every two weekstheir vocabulary binders are one of the tools they must have on their desks so they can refer to their word collections as they plan, draft, and revise a new piece of writing they're working on.
I invite you to visit my Vocabulary Workshop Resource Page here at Always Write to learn more about the ten different writing activities I created for my students choose from, and also to access some of the vocabulary-inspired writing tasks my students have created for each other.
I used to love Fridays because it was always Writing Workshop day in class. Now I love Fridays because--in at least one or two classes that day--we are celebrating our writing by having a student-centered Vocabulary Workshop.
Friday has truly become my favorite day of the week. A Vocabulary Lesson from my Classroom to Yours: Creating a Classroom of Logophiles challenging students to become active vocabulary word collectors Overview:ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us.
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