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Analogies are Powerful!

Vocabulary Strategy – Using Analogies

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Why use it? –
Use of this strategy will help students to…

  • Student categories of words to understand new vocabulary
  • Connect words and ideas to background knowledge
  • Recognize connections between words
  • Comprehend abstract words and phrases of grade-level content
  • Compare previously learned words by concept-based categories
  • Exchange information about academic topics
  • Understand cultural nuances of meaning


ESL teachers can help by:

  •  “Frontloading” the concepts beforehand so that the students can come to class with a cue card.
  •  Add pictures to the two concepts so they have a visual context.

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