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 1.  Print awareness
 2.  The sounds of speech
 3.  Phonemic awareness
 4.  Phonics
 5.  Informal classroom-based assessment
 6.  Fluency
 7.  Vocabulary
 8.  Spelling
 9.  Writing
 10.  Text comprehension

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Module 7  –  Vocabulary

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1. Which of the following is an example of vocabulary instruction?
a. teaching students about the spelling pattern "ai"
b. explaining the words: sphere, cylinder, and cube
c. demonstrating how to sound out "interaction"
d. none of the above

2. _________ is a way of teaching vocabulary in a direct manner.
a. Testing students on words they already know
b. Providing students with strategies for learning words
c. Asking students to identify which words rhyme
d. Giving students a passage to read orally

3. Most word meanings are learned:
a. through hearing words in context
b. through vocabulary instruction
c. both A and B
d. none of the above

4. Which student is engaged in vocabulary instruction?
a. Adam, who learns that inject, reject, and object share the word root, ject
b. Brianna, who helps her friend to spell the words take and mistake
c. Omar, who is playing a game of Hangman
d. all of the above

5. Vocabulary may be learned indirectly through:
a. learning word parts
b. listening to an adult read aloud
c. vocabulary tests
d. learning to use context clues

6. Which child is engaged in direct vocabulary instruction?
a. Charlie, who is listening to his teacher read aloud the story, Charlotte's Web
b. Shelly, who is reading on her own
c. Molly, whose teacher is discussing how the prefix un- changes a word
d. Tom, who is having a conversation with his dad

7. Which of the following is an example of vocabulary instruction?
a. teaching word roots
b. teaching multiple meanings
c. teaching prefixes
d. all of the above

8. Beginning readers have a difficult time comprehending words that are NOT part of their:
a. oral vocabulary
b. listening vocabulary
c. writing vocabulary
d. reading vocabulary

9. A way of learning vocabulary "indirectly" is through:
a. taking vocabulary tests
b. teaching prefixes and suffixes
c. playing word games
d. hearing words used in context

10. Which child is most likely to understand the word know?
a. Jody, who writes the sentence, "Know, I don't want to go."
b. Bobby, who writes, "I no I am going to art today."
c. Jalen, who writes, "No, I don't know the author of that book."
d. Brittany, who writes, "Know one can jump as high as me."

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