How do we assess word knowledge?
- What is the goal or purpose of the assessment?
- Use authentic measures of vocabulary progress – informal measures taken regularly
- Assess depth of understanding
- Be aware of comprehension connections to vocabulary
Informal, everyday checkin on student progress. See examples below.
Record of vocabulary progress to report to school, parents, students.
Examples of formative assessment of vocabulary knowledge and understanding:
|Assessment strategy||Used to assess||To check…|
|Thumbs up/down||Introduction of words||Understanding|
|Synonyms and antonyms||Understanding, knowledge|
|Vocabulary knowledge score indicator||Introduction of words||Understanding|
|Observation||Synonyms and antonyms||Use of reference resources|
|Counting dude/Bragging dude||Use of words in sentences with more than 7 words|
|Scramble||Applying word relationships|
|Word charades||New ways to show the use of words – higher order thinking|
|Chain link||New ways to show the relationships of words – higher order thinking|
|Analysing student work||Journals||Understanding and applying word meanings and relationships|
|Word illustrations||Creating new ways to think about words|
|Word Colours||Creating new ways to think about words|
|Powerpoint portrayals||Creating new ways to think about words|
|Peer assessment of powerpoint portrayals||Evaluating the use of vocabulary, use of technology, speaking and listening|
|Teacher questioning||All activities||Remembering, analyzing, understanding and applying word meanings and relationships|
|Student centred questions||Board games||Remembering, analyzing, understanding and applying word meanings and relationships|
|Review games||Remembering, analyzing, understanding and applying word meanings and relationships|
|Celebrations||Remembering, analyzing, understanding and applying word meanings and relationships|
Overturf, Brenda (2013) Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary. Portland, Stenhouse Publishing