PAVE Procedure

The PAVE Procedure (Bannon, Fisher, Pozzi, & Wessel, 1990) was developed to encourage students to check the dictionary definition against the context in which the word appeared.  It also helps students remember word meanings by associating the word with a visual image.  PAVE stands for the four parts of the procedure - prediction, association, verification, and evaluation.  Students should predict the meaning of the word based on the context clues, associate the word with a mental image, verify the word's meaning by consulting a dictionary, then evaluate the prediction they made.  While this procedure seems time-consuming, students report that it helps them remember the words better.



Websites on the PAVE Procedure:

History Strategies: The Pave Procedure - PDF


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