Phineas Gage: Notecard Vocabulary Strategy

Understanding the vocabulary in a text, especially a text like Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science that includes quite a few technical terms, can be the key to understanding the text as a whole. Learners focus on one word each to create cards that they will present to the class and post on the wall for later reference.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • To scaffold the exercise more fully, have learners work with partners to create a small poster that they present to the class; split the vocabulary list and do the first half at the beginning of reading and the second near the middle of the text
  • Use this strategy with any list of vocabulary words
Classroom Considerations

  • The plan suggests an idea for an exit slip that learners could easily complete on a piece of lined or blank paper; create a worksheet if you think your pupils need additional guidance

  • Includes a list of 32 word and page numbers that you can assign to individuals

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