Vocabulary Cluster

A Vocabulary Cluster Graphic Organizer is a valuable tool for delivering whole group instruction on unusual or hard-to-learn vocabulary words.  The teacher determines the word that will be placed in the diamond.  She/he then asks the students to volunteer synonyms (rectangles) and antonyms (ovals) for the word.  The power of using this graphic organizer is in the repetition of the word and its synonyms and antonyms each time a new word is added to the cluster.  Finally, the students will identify a person, thing or animal that the word best fits.  An example has been provided.

Blank Vocabulary Cluster

Vocabulary Cluster Example

 

Websites for Vocabulary Cluster or Web:

Vocabulary Web - PDF

http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/practice/itc/lessons/vocabulary_web.pdf

Vocabulary Web Example: Autobiography - PDF

http://cfge.wm.edu/TeachingModels/VocabularyWeb-example.pdf

 

  
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