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Making Vocabulary Come to Life


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I borrowed a technique from the drama department to use as a vocabulary tool.

Students illustrate new vocabulary words with improv. For example, one prompt is.. 'You are on an airplane and you meet a new person. As you are sharing your life story, use 10 vocabulary words.'  We also use a round-the-room kind of improv in which each successive student has to talk about a vocabulary word. Each new student starts the monologue with the next letter in the spelling of the vocabulary word.

The added dramatic features such as using a sad voice or pretending to talk while driving a car, etc., really helps the activity come alive.

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