Vocabulary

Michael F. Graves’s Book The Vocabulary Book: Learning & Instruction asserts that increasing a child’s vocabulary makes him/her a stronger writer (43).  He states:

The goal is to get students to realize that the words they use in their writing are very important, that the words they use will affect both clarity of what they write and the reaction their writing receives from others, and that therefore they should therefore choose and use words wisely, honing their word choices as one of the last steps in editing their writing (Ibid.)

I’ve been digging deeply into Graves’s Book and have come across a strategy, Sensory Webbing (122), that I’m going to try out with my students when I do the vocabulary lessons from Shutting out the Sky next week.  This strategy, which was adapted from Scott and her colleagues (1996) encourages students to understand words more fully by filling in what the word looks like, feels like, sounds like, tastes like, and smells like.  Here’s an example of the sensory web I constructed for the word restriction, which is one of next week’s words: