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Tuesday, January 25, 2011


The List/Group/Label strategy offers a simple process for students to use to create and organize a vocabulary list from a reading selection. This strategy stresses relationships between words and the critical thinking skills required to recognize these relationships.

1. Select a main topic or concept in a reading selection.
2. Have students list all words they think relate to this concept. Write the student responses on the board.  
3. Divide the class into groups of 3 or 4 students. Have these teams join together related terms from the larger list. Have the teams provide "evidence" for this grouping.

4. Ask the student groups to suggest a descriptive title or label for the collections of related terms. These labels reflect the rationale behind collecting the terms in a group.
5. Finally, have students read the text selection carefully and then review both the general list of terms and their collections of related terms. Students should eliminate terms or groups that do not match the concept's meaning in the context of the selection.      

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