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Teaching Vocabulary in High School

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I am a high school English teacher, and I use a vocabulary book with both my freshman and juniors (the two levels I teach) that is designed to help prep them a little for the SAT's. While that is all well and good, I do not feel the students learn the words well enough to have them become a permanent part of their vocab. Some of them use the words in later writing, but only a few. I have recently been turned on to Quizlet.com and Studystack.com, but I am looking for other activities to help students learn these words. I would like their quiz grades for me to be higher, and I would like them to begin to use more mature words when they write for me and for other teachers. Does anyone have any activities they can share? It would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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MattR's picture

I use a similar book. My method is simple, but is an effective way to motivate kids to study the words. I exempt them from the vocabulary homework until the next quiz if they score an A on the last quiz. As for making the words a part of their working vocabulary, I don't know. I think the only way to significantly increase working vocabulary is to read, read, and read some more.

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