Although I have strayed from powering through vocabulary, here are seven tips from eleven years of teaching:
- Try to create student-centered lists. Ask students to chose words they do not know. Source material could be current literature study, or lists from Quizlet or SAT prep sites like College Board.
- Embed three to five modes of learning the words before assessment beyond copying the definitions and etymologies
- drawing symbols for each word,
- class conversations generating real world examples of the word (such as movies, history, literature, pop culture, etc) this is tremendously effective
- writing sentences,
- building sentences into narratives or poems
- crossword puzzles
- acrostic poems highlighting meaning,
- matching with cards
- mad libs with parts of speech (derived from vocabulary word lists)
I would like to hear other examples from readers.