Many teachers and students don't take the summer off, so we want to make teaching a little easier — and learning a little more fun — for everyone.
That's why we've put together this simple plan to help you and your students get the most out of Vocabulary.com during the next few months — and beyond. This approach works in any setting, whether you're teaching online or in school. And, it'll work for any type of course, whether you're teaching credit recovery classes or assigning summer reading to the students you'll have next year.
Summer Reading Roadmap
1. Create classes and invite students.
In order to hit the ground running, we suggest that you set up your classes on Vocabulary.com and invite your students to join as soon as you get your class lists. Here's how:
2. Choose a ready-made vocabulary resource.
What are you teaching? Whether you're assigning a specific text to an entire class or encouraging students to select their own books, our annual summer reading resource list is a great place to start: A Novel Approach to Summer Reading, 2020 Edition. You'll find tons of titles, including all the classics you'd expect plus recent award-winners and high-interest books that middle and high school students won't want to put down. Each book is paired with a ready-made, high quality vocabulary list that was developed by our book-loving curriculum team (made up of former teachers!).
For thousands more resources, search the Vocabulary.com List Library for the titles, topics, and authors you're interested in.
3. Assign work and establish routines.
Once you've found the book you're looking for, the next step is to create an activity so that your students can get the exposure and practice they need to learn the most relevant and challenging language they'll encounter in the text. We recommend that you assign Practice at the beginning of the week, and set the due date at the end of the week. If you want to use the vocabulary practice as prep work before the assigned reading, do this a week before your students will be reading what's covered in the list you're assigning.
4. Engage with your students.
There are several easy ways to keep students engaged as the summer progresses. You might schedule a Vocab Jam each Friday based on the list you assigned for Practice. This real-time competition is a perennial favorite with students and teachers alike.
If you want to highlight student success, post the stats of your class leaderboard and give a shoutout to those who are putting in the effort.
Monitor progress and assess.
We recommend that you check your teacher dashboard periodically to see how everyone's doing with their assignments. Once they've had enough time to complete the practice activity, a great way to see how much your students learned is to assign a custom quiz. Vocabulary.com will generate a quiz based on the class's performance and — even better — do the grading for you!
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