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Old 06-04-2020, 06:31 PM
 
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Does anyone use personal word walls in their classrooms rather than traditional on-the-wall word walls? What does that look like in your class? How do you organize them (alphabetically, by unit, etc.) Also, as a secondary language arts teacher, should my word wall be content-based, test question vocabulary, or just overall good vocabulary words? I’d appreciate any information or advice. TIA.


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I use a blend of it all. Unit-specific words. Testing words. Good vocabulary. Plus, the kids keep a list of words they’ve learned, too. We are 1:1 Chromebooks, so last year some kids started keeping their own lists online.
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Mine is very specific.
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I had two "word walls" because of a combo class this year. So far, the same is projected for next year.

Both grades do a word study weekly. I generally use either a Greek and Latin root words study or an affix words study.

On Monday, the students choose the two most useful words from the previous week's list. They do this in their table teams, and then we do a tally and discuss for tie breakers if necessary. When choosing what is most useful, students consider words that have morphemes that help them with other words, value for writing tasks, subject-specific uses, or they sometimes choose a word because it's so new and unusual. Whatever their reasoning, this process gets them thinking about, evaluating, and considering words.
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I have done a few different things.
1. I did one big traditional word wall for everyone when I taught second grade.
2. I was moved to a much smaller space and so I used Manila folder word walls. I just wrote in the folder every word we we added and they hung on binder rings under my chalkboard for any student who needs the resource.
3. In junior high ELL, I had several rotating small groups, so I used index cards on binder rings, one set for a few letters (a-c on one ring, d-f on another, etc.) hanging from pushpins on a bulletin board.
4. I now teach class sections in junior high, so I have students keep a notebook dictionary. One page (front/back) per letter, and they add new words to it all the time. After that section is a root word section, Where we keep notes on the root words we study (one per week).
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Thanks, everyone! I have a lot to think about.


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