Vocabulary Skits

Vocabulary Skits are a great way to learn new vocabulary. This activity asks students to use new vocabulary in context which helps them remember the meaning of the words they are learning. After each skit, students in the classroom have an opportunity to evaluate if the group represented the word accurately. They must use examples from the skit to support their evaluations.

This activity can be used to teach a wide range of vocabulary words. Learning new words is just one benefit. In order to create the skits, students need to collaborate, write, and listen to each other's ideas. All minds are active with Vocabulary Skits.

Where is this in the Reading Process: Step 5 (as review)

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: ESL/ELD Team, El Cajon Valley High School 2011.

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Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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