Vocabulary Paint Chips

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Synonyms
CCSS: ELA.L.11-12.4b

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Language Standards 6-12


11th & 12th Grades


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

a. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b. Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., conceive, conception, conceivable).

c. Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.

d. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).

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Lesson Objective
Build vocabulary by examining related words
2 min
Questions to Consider
What scaffolds does Ms. Wessling put into place to get her students using new vocabulary?
Which words are best suited for paint chips?
How could you use paint chips in your classroom?

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    Vocabulary Paint Chips program transcript

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