Student VOC Strategy

This strategy targets specific content vocabulary by having students work to acquire a deeper meaning of a vocabulary word.  Teachers list the key vocabulary for the topic or unit.  From the list students identify one or two words that are unknown or unclear.  Students then complete the Student VOC Strategy Sheet on their own.  Teachers can use this as a classroom assessment for learning by observing which words students select.  Clarifications of word meanings can be done with individual students or with small groups.  This strategy also promotes differentiated instruction because students identify the words they need. A connection between the reading content and students' prior knowledge is made as students devise a way to remember the word.

Student VOC Strategy Sheet


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