My Antonia: Magic Squares (Vocabulary Strategy)

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Help your pupils discover the power of context clues by teaching the this vocabulary strategy. Designed to go with words from Willa Cather's My Antonia, this exercise focuses on having individuals use their own words to define new vocabulary.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To allow pupils the freedom to write longer sentences, have them simply draw the four-rectangle grids on a piece of lined or white paper; they can customize the exact size by the length of the words, definitions, and sentences
Classroom Considerations

  • There is a note at the bottom of the student handout that you will want to white out before making copies
  • While the resource says there are words and page numbers for learners to look up, these are not included; come up with your own list of target words instead
Pros

  • Offers suggestions for using this as a formative assessment that informs future vocabulary instruction
  • This vocabulary exercise could be used with any words from any text
Cons

  • Watch out for the spelling and usage errors