Vocabulary Strategies

Guess and Adjust

Guess and Adjust allows students to build background knowledge as they prepare to read a new work. It also lets them use word parts to predict meaning and figure out words using context.

I would give students a graphic organizer to fill out. As an example, we can use unfathomable, one of the words listed above from the first chapter of The Outsiders.

Here's a template from "Building Reading Comprehension Habits in Grades 6-12," published by the International Reading Association. Copying for classroom use is permitted:

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