Cloze for Secondary School Vocabulary Development

Cloze for Secondary School Vocabulary Development

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Hot Tip – use cloze with secondary students to develop vocabulary knowledge in their discipline.

When specific words are removed from a text, students must use ideas, information and context clues from throughout the text to decide on the appropriate word to insert. To begin with, provide a bank of possible keywords from which students choose. Next, encourage students to insert appropriate terminology with no keywords to scaffold learning. Finally, students can create their own cloze for others students to solve. Rich discussion follow completion of every cloze, as students justify their choices and exchange ideas to build knowledge of each word in context. Simple, but effective.

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