This strategy is wonderful to assess what your students know prior to beginning a study of new vocabulary words. Present students with a chart of selected words. Then, students rate themselves on their current knowledge of the word:
- I know it and can teach someone about it.
- I have heard this word but am unsure of exactly what it means.
- I do not yet know this word.
This strategy can help inform your instruction as you learn where to focus your instructional time. Plus, students can measure their own growth when you revisit the rating throughout the unit of study.