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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 teacher is engaged in vocabulary instruction?
a. Ms. Jones, who is helping Johnny sound out the word repeat
b. Mr. Smith, who has asked students to copy a word list from the board
c. Ms. Lane, who is explaining the difference between up and down
d. Mr. Williams, who has asked students to write a short story

2. Which technique listed below would likely help students to remember difficult words?
a. using vocabulary words throughout the week in different subject areas
b. having students list other words that begin with the same sound
c. souding out the vocabulary words
d. none of the above

3. Vocabulary instruction may:
a. help students figure out word meanings
b. help students to use context clues
c. help students comprehend text
d. all of the above

4. Which child is most likely to understand the word, blew?
a. Dennis, who writes, "The sky is blew."
b. Juan, who writes, "My baseball cap blew away."
c. Sarah, who points to the grass and shouts, "Blew!"
d. Lisa, who writes, "I am feeling blew today."

5. Which is a strategy for teaching vocabulary?
a. teaching students about 'word parts'
b. teaching students about 'multiple meanings' for words
c. teaching students to use context clues
d. all of the above

6. Students' vocabulary can be increased by:
a. discussing new words before reading a story
b. listening to a teacher explain the meaning of unknown words
c. teaching students to look for word parts such as prefixes, root words, etc.
d. all of the above

7. Pre-school age children have a(n)_________vocabulary.
a. writing
b. reading
c. oral
d. none of the above

8. Which of the following may lead to vocabulary growth?
a. having conversations with adults
b. receiving instruction on specific words
c. using context clues to figure out word meanings
d. all of the above

9. Which of the following is NOT a word learning strategy?
a. using a dictionary
b. looking at word parts
c. reading for context clues
d. copying unknown words from the chalkboard

10. In determining what types of words to teach, you should choose:
a. words that are important in understanding a concept
b. words that students are likely to see again and again
c. words that have multiple meanings
d. all of the above

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