Assessment of vocabulary

How do we assess word knowledge?

  1. What is the goal or purpose of the assessment?
  2. Use authentic measures of vocabulary progress –  informal measures taken regularly
  3. Assess depth of understanding
  4. Be aware of comprehension connections to vocabulary

 

For teaching staff only – test your vocabulary knowledge!

The one minute vocabulary test-1anblfr

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Formative assessment:

Informal, everyday checkin on student progress.  See examples below.

Summative assessment:

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