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Acquisition Lesson Plan

Unit:

Vocabulary

Name:

Concepts:

Word Acquisition
& Inference Clues

David Vega and Summer Borden

Content Area/Grade Level:

English 9 Comp

Lesson Essential Question:


Why is it important to use a variety of strategies to learn new terms and vocabulary?
What do students need to learn to be able to answer the Essential Question?
Assessment Prompt 1:

Independent Group (Preview/Practice): How do online hearing, seeing, and writing


activities help you understand words faster?

Assessment Prompt 2:

Direct Instruction Group (Acquisition): Explain why coming up with personal examples
for new words like abscond, hoodwink, reprieve, and revile helps us understand
and remember these words meanings.

Assessment Prompt 3:

Collaboration Group (Extended Thinking): How do context clues help us make informed
inferences that lead to logical conclusions?

Activating Strategy:

Assessment & Pacing Notes

PRE-TEST/PREVIEW: Kahoot
Key vocabulary to preview:

Collaboration Group: Inference (an educated guess based on evidence); conclusion (an
educated guess based on multiple inferences)

Teaching Strategies: Group Rotations


Graphic Organizer:

AP Rotations Worksheet

Instruction
for AP#1:

Independent Group: Learners will complete a series of online exercises designed to expose them to
words usage, meanings, contexts, and spelling. Students will
(1) Begin with the Thinklink.com interactive gladiator painting: Pablo Picassos Guernica
(1937) antiwar painting in which they will see new words used to describe a Nazi war
crime. Interactive tags on the painting link to word definitions and explanations at
Vocabulary.com.
(2) Proceed to Quizlet activities in which they will see words paired with complementary
illustrations and definitions
(3) Play interactive Battleship game via Quia.com
(4) Complete an online formative assessment at Quia.com.
(5) Learners answer AP.

Check for
Understanding
for AP #1:

Answer assessment prompt on rotations worksheet.

Instruction
for AP #2:

Check for
Understanding
for AP #2:

Materials & Resources


Independent Group:
Thinglink.com
Interactive Picture,
Quizlet Activities,
Battleship Game,
Quia Quiz
Direct Instruction:
PPT w/G.O.
Collaboration Group:
Inference Activity:
Critter Detectives
o
Clue Slides
o Definitions List
o Clues Chart

Direct Instruction: Learners will explore and remember the meanings of four more specialized
words by generating personal examples: abscond, hoodwink, reprieve, revile
(1) Using PPT slides, facilitator will explain the nuanced meanings of these words
(2) Facilitator will model the generation of a personal example as a memory aide.
(3) Learners will generate 2-3 personal examples for selected words.
(4) Learners will finish rest for homework.
(5) Learners answer AP.
Answer assessment prompt on rotations worksheet.

Collaboration Group: Critter Detectives Inference Activity


FACIILITATOR READS ASSIGNMENT

Instruction for
AP #3

CASE: The Cisco family woke to find their vegetable garden and lawn completely ruined.
They are blaming Sparky, a 2 year-old terrier they rescued from the dog pound. Given the
extensive damage, they are considering getting rid of him. However, Sparky saw the whole
thing. In fact he tried to barked to wake the family.
YOUR MISSION: Rescue Sparky from certain death at the dog pound by solving each
riddle. Each riddle refers to a word from Vocab 4A, and provides an important clue that
will reveal the real critter culprit responsible for the damage.
FACILITATOR REVIEWS INFERENCES & CONCLUSIONS BRIEFLY

Inference (an educated guess based on evidence)


conclusion (an educated guess based on multiple inferences)

TEAM DECIDES WHO WILL BE THE RECORD KEEPER.

Check for
Understanding
for AP #3:
Assignment or
Extending
Thinking
Activity:

RULES:
1. Each player picks a card and reads the clue aloud for the team.
2. The team uses the Vocab 4A glossary to figure out the word described in the clue.
3. The team completes the clues chart (dry erase laminated charts).
4. Next player picks a card and repeats the process.
5. When all clues are solved, complete the Mystery Solved sheet.
WARNING! Do not share your groups solution with any other teams. The answer will
be revealed at the end of class.

Answer assessment prompt on rotations worksheet.


Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions

Critter Detectives Collaborative Activity

Summarizing Strategy:
Distributed Summarization: Assessment Prompts Answered After Each Rotation
Closure: Kahoot Post-test