The Vocab list for this class is listed below. However, the act of writing down these words in your own notes with your own guesses along with the actual definitions is the best way to begin studying these words. Therefore, the list provided below is meant as an aid for double checking your notes from class and for finding out what has been added to the list when you are absent from class.
Using Context Vocabulary Lesson
1. Take a guess as to what the word means based on context.
2. Reread the sentence with your guess to see if it makes sense.
3. Keep reading.
4. When you are finished reading, look up the word to see how accurate your guess was.
How to Remember New Words
1. Say each word OUTLOUD with its definition
your list 10 minutes
3. Make flash cards
to refer to over time.
4. USE it
in your daily life. Pick a word for the day and find an opportunity to use it.
5. Carry a notebook
with you to record new words and to study the old ones.
6. Every time you look up a new word, yellow highlight the new word
in your dictionary.
This serves as a record of your learned vocabulary over many years, as well as a reminder of what words you still have not impressed upon your mind (like when you find yourself looking up a word that you have previously highlighted).
How to do the Standard Vocab Homework Assignment
1) Write down the new word and leave at least two lines blank below the word.
2) On the third line below the word, write "My Guess." On that same line where you wrote "My Guess,"write down your guess; write down what you think the word might mean based on the context in which you have found that word.
3) Continue to read and add new words in the same manner as above, leaving two lines of blank space after each new word, writing the words "My Guess" on the third line, and then filling in your context guess for what that word might mean.
4) When you are finished reading
, look up your guesses in the dictionary and write down the best dictionary definition for each word in the two line space that you previously left blank.
Why do all of this?????
1) It forces you to think while you are reading
- by doing this Guessing-Based-On-Context technique you cannot just skip over a word that is unfamiliar as if it were not even there. When you wrestle with each new word, you are fully engaging with the material. READING = THINKING
2) Writing the word down
- the action of pen to paper - creates the first step
of true familiarity with that word. It is the first step to making it your own.
3) Writing down your guess forces you to think more definitively, more clearly
. You may have an idea about what the word means, but then, when you go to write that down, you find it difficult to express that idea in your own words. Well, this moment of insecurity, this instance of confusion, this split-second where you realize you don't quite know how to say what you want to say, is a very critical moment.
What you decide to do in that split-second is the difference between growing your intellect and remaining exactly the way you are. Many people simply stop right there . . .
BUT this is an event that we all have to experience and embrace in order to grow
, because it is in this moment that you encounter the difference between having an impression
, and developing a clearly stated idea
. The process of putting pen to paper turns on all the gears of your mind, AND instead of being content with a vague impression (which cannot be well communicated to others, since you don't have the words), you teach yourself how to be clear, how to use language effectively, and, therefore, how to accurately communicate your ideas. In short, you develop your intellect by wrestling with yourself
long enough to find the words that give shape and meaning to what is in your head and heart. Even if what you write down is not perfect (and it almost never is on the first attempt), know that the act of following through IS perfect
. This is what you do, this is how you pursue knowledge and develop your mind: writing is the devise that shapes your impressions, your vague understanding of something, into clear, intelligible ideas and arguments. This is part of the process of Learning How to Learn. This is Power.
4) Taking a guess based on context creates its own context
. In other words, when you take a guess about what a word means, your thinking about that word becomes its own context. So, you know that when you find a new word, that new word lives in a context of other words and ideas, which help you figure out what that new word might mean. But then, if, for example, you guess that the word "morose" has something to do with having more roses
(as one of my students once guessed), and you then find out that it means sad
(as the same student later learned), you have just created a context of your own
for that word. You might even have a laugh (as we all did, including the student who thought it was "mo' rose"
). You find the humor, the irony -- the human-ness -- in the difference between your guess and the actual meaning. So, getting the word VERY wrong is an excellent experience for remembering what that word really means. Teach yourself to enjoy this process of discovering language, and of discovering the power of your own mind - not to mention your own sense of humor - by embracing your mistakes as little touchstones, as little gems discovered along the way.
YOUR VOCABULARY LIST