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Have you or your child ever looked up a word in the dictionary and still not know what it means? I teach a 7th grade Language Arts/Social Studies core at Roy Cloud school in Redwood City, CA. My students have had this experience on more than one occasion. The development of a child's vocabulary is key in his or her ability to communicate ideas, assimilate new information, and tackle the increasing level of difficulty of school texts. This requires a student to recognize what a word means, and be able to use that word in context. Having the best tools to develop one's vocabulary is another key to success. In our 7th grade classroom, students "play" with words in a variety of ways. One way students tackle new words is by creating vocabulary cards. Using index cards, students study a new word, its varying forms, parts of speech, and its DICTIONARY DEFINITION. Students then use the word in sentences (after they are given example sentences), and create student-generated definitions. These words are selected from class novels, class texts (literature, social studies, etc.), as well as high-frequency academic words (e.g., words students should know such as "analyze," "aspect," etc.). The frustration with learning new words often comes from looking them up in a dictionary and still not knowing the meaning. For example, a student would look up the word "analysis" and the definition would read "the act of analyzing." This is especially frustrating for students whose native language is not English. I will preface this by saying I have NO affiliation with the company whose dictionaries I am requesting for my classroom. This proposal is asking for a set of dictionaries to use in the classroom (15 total) - the "Longman Dictionary of American English." I have shared my personal copy with students and they quickly see the difference in their ability to learn new words efficiently. In the example I shared above regarding the word "analysis," the Longman Dictionary uses very common words in the definition - "a careful examination of something in order to understand it better." As students develop more confidence in their ability to use new words in context, their overall self-esteem in learning grows as well. It is exciting to observe as their teacher and I thank you in advance for your consideration in helping our classroom with our dictionary request.
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