Rate Your Words

Rate Your Words is a handout (shown below) that can be used for introducing students to complicated or unfamiliar vocabulary within a reading before the students even get their hands on that reading. Under the left-hand column “words,” vocabulary words are listed, and then students can, privately, judge for themselves their understanding of those words.


This activity was helpful because it allowed me to see words out of context so that I was familiar with them, then when words I was originally unfamiliar with appeared in the context of the article, I was able to better piece together their meaning and significance because I was not taken aback or blinded by their novelty.

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