Teaching Vocabulary Using Sentence Frames

Teaching Vocabulary Using Sentence Frames

November 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


it is very common for teachers to our students to write sentences to practice using new vocabulary and very often we get students writing sentences that do not show any understanding of the word let’s take the word petrified for instance you might get sentences such as I was petrified last night I feel petrified these sentences do not show if a student understands the meaning of the word you could replace the target word with any word and it still would makes sense one strategy you could use to make writing sentences more productive is to give them sentence frames a sentence frame requires students to use the word in context and to generate a meaningful example to demonstrate understanding let’s look at this sentence frame four petrified I was petrified when blank when I walk through a haunted mansion or when a spider crawled up my leg or when I heard the bear growling a few feet away including the word when requires students to think about a context of why someone might be petrified when you create your own sentence frames ask yourself does it require students to generate an example or context does it use words such as when because or so let’s take a look at how sentence frames are used in a game based learning environment I’m one of the lead content developers and designers of word Raider in academic vocabulary video game word Raider implements the principles of good learning games by leading expert dr. James G we also integrated the research of leading vocabulary experts like Robert Marzano and Isabel Beck dr. Beck emphasizes the use of sentence stems or sentence frames so that students are required to integrate the words meaning into a context to explain a situation let’s see how this is done in world later students have to upgrade each of the 100 words to progress in the game so they would go to the upgrade news choose a word let’s say preserve then upgrade it and they have four different tasks to writing into data speaking let’s look at the first one you’ll see a sentence frame if I had a valuable old photograph I would preserve it by for example the student could say I would wrap it up in paper and keep it somewhere safe and then they would record that and send it to the teacher let’s look at another word let’s look at intimidate look at the animation of the word intimidate it provides context for students to remember what it means let’s look at the sentence rate I feel intimidated when I have to give a speech in front of a large audience so once the students done recording that they send it to the teacher for assessment and for grading let’s look at a different example for Vito look at the animation again my parents vetoed my decision to plank because blank here students have to think of the situation as well as a reason to support that situation of why their parents might be to something well that’s it for today’s how to tip be sure to visit ballot – ty comm slash how to for more activities downloads and videos there are a variety of subjects that we will cover to help you teach English learners you can learn more about word raider at word – raider calm and don’t forget to share this with other teachers who might find it useful until the next video