How Can You Teach Vocabulary In Context?

vocabulary and writing lesson

The best way for students to learn vocabulary is in the context of their own reading and writing. We can provide students with a definition to plant a seed for the word, but then we need to water it with reading and feed it with the students’ own writing. With this understanding in mind, I am creating new lesson plans to go along with the short stories that we recommend. These lesson plans help you pre-teach the vocabulary within the context of the short story and your students' own writing.

Here are the lesson plans I have so far. (The links will take you to a page where you can subscribe to our list for that short story and receive resources including links to download the stories, suggested videos or audios, and paired texts. If you're already on that list, you won't be added to it again unless you use a different email. Once you've entered your email address, you'll be taken directly to the page where you can download your resources and order the Vocabulary and Writing Lesson Plan for that story.)

Here's what our beta testers have said about the vocabulary and writing lesson plans:

The rigor of the reading selection is great, the vocabulary challenging and relevant, and the questions are fantastic for exploring the topics as well as giving them a chance to practice writing a thorough and insightful journal entry.” — Suzy, online ESL teacher

The best way for students to learn vocabulary is in the context of their own reading and writing. Click To Tweet

I love the idea of writing more with vocabulary!” — Courtney, Miami middle school teacher

We can provide students with a definition to plant a seed for the word, but then we need to water it with reading and feed it with the students’ own writing. Click To Tweet

I am anticipating the quick writes to be extremely helpful for us.” — Brandy, Pennsylvania middle school teacher

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About the author 

Michelle Boyd Waters, M.Ed.

I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my doctorate in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education and co-Editor of the Oklahoma English Journal. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify students' voices and choices.

  1. Other than skills and knowledge, it takes creativity and passion to make an amazing teacher. Your resources would indeed be valuable in inciting the enthusiasm of students in learning vocabulary!

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