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Vocabulary Development

Grouping related terms into meaningful groups can be more helpful than drilling students on exact definitions.


  • Compose a list of key terms from the lecture ranging in levels of specificity.
  • Scramble the terms and then encourage pairs of students to organize the terms into several categories that are meaningful to them.
  • Then have them define or give an example of terms where appropriate.
  • Finally, have each pair discuss their categories with the entire group.
  • Get the students to check the spelling!