Learning Difficult Vocabulary
Lesson Objective: Learn key vocabulary related to copyright and fair use
All Grades / ELA / Digital Literacy

Thought starters

  1. Why is it important for students to both read standard definitions and come up with definitions in their own words?
  2. How does Ms. Niebur connect vocabulary to students' lives?
  3. What can you learn from Ms. Niebur about teaching vocabulary?
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As the teacher notes, having them "restate that term in their own words" is valuble. She goes on, "In order just to restate it, you have to think of that and think, okay, what does this mean –so how would I put this in my own words." I found a free resource at http://f.edgesuite.net/data/www.appliedscholastics.org/files/barriers-to-study.pdf that addresses vocabulary starting on page 14 but also discussed two other key barriers to learning.

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Great idea to have students put a definition into their own words. It helps students make sense of the meaning and helps them to comprehend and retain difficult material? In elementary school, I often allow kids to draw a picture as well. This is a great strategy for ELLs and students who have difficulty writing or spelling.
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Hi Susan, did you download the lesson plan? It's to the right in supporting materials. Hopefully the worksheet you are looking for is in there.
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Is it possible to get a copy of the worksheet they are using?
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My co-teacher and I present vocabulary with pictures and then ask students to brainstorm other words or ideas they know that come to mind in our Word Cloud activity.
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Transcripts

  • LEARNING DIFFICULT VOCABULARY TRANSCRIPT
    Strategy Transcript: Common Sense Media

    Strategies: Learning Difficult Vocabulary

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    We have 1,2,3,4,5 vocabulary terms;

    LEARNING DIFFICULT VOCABULARY TRANSCRIPT
    Strategy Transcript: Common Sense Media

    Strategies: Learning Difficult Vocabulary

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    We have 1,2,3,4,5 vocabulary terms; Fair Use, Commercial Purpose, Copyright, Creative Commons, and Public Domain

    (Nichole Niebur Interview)
    When we’re talking about people being online and using digital literacy, I think it’s really important that they understand the vocabulary.

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    Underneath the term is the definition, so we have term: fair use, the definition

    (Nichole Niebur Interview)
    If you don’t understand the vocabulary context behind a lesson, you’re at a distinct disadvantage. It’s important to kind of look at a lesson and look right away at what vocabulary terms might a student struggle with; what things might be new and different to them before they get into the actual lesson so that they can really have the background knowledge that they need.

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    All you need to do is tell me what fair use means in your own words. Restate that definition.

    (Nichole Niebur Interview)
    I use a vocabulary worksheet based on the first couple of steps of the Marzano process. It is broken down into boxes with each of the vocabulary there and it’s got the vocabulary term with the definition. And then underneath the vocabulary definition it asks the student to restate that term in their own words. In order just to restate it, you have to think of that and think, okay, what does this mean –so how would I put this in my own words.

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    Anyone want to share their restatement?

    Student
    A law protecting creative work?

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    Okay. A law protecting creative work
    (Nichole Niebur Interview)
    Just in general, people need to know vocabulary, but often when you’re online, you’re by yourself. There’s not someone there to ask. There’s not a teacher there to say what does this term mean? Does this mean I can use it? Does this mean I can’t use it? So if the students really do –very thoroughly and very clearly understand what that vocabulary term really means, they can be there at home, surfing online and see a web site that says all of these imagines are creative commons. And know I can use this but I have to give credit back to my source. Or if they see if it’s public domain they’ll understand that that means this is free for me to use.

    (Nichole Niebur in Class)
    Do you think that it’s important to give credit and get permission when you’re using someone else’s work? Show of hands….

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