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This is a Powerful Way to Use Vocabulary When Teaching Novels.

Novels, where to begin? They are incredibly inviting and can be exciting. Sometimes the best part is that they do not come with pictures . . . this leaves a lot to the imagination and how you interpret what you read. It is almost as if you are stuck in a dream you envision based on the details of the words alone.

However, let's say you have a student (or more) reading along, and they cannot seem to understand many of the things being read, nor can they picture what others are picturing. It can feel like a real struggle, and you need a strategy fast!

Let me guide you on a journey, more like a tried and true strategy I use, to help you unfold this epic idea!

The Hunger Games and Vocabulary Doodles promo clip

I am obsessed with The Hunger Games series. What feels like ten years ago, laying my eyes on the first book, it was WORTH the read. Something about the book, every chapter, made me feel connected and feel like our future might reflect some of the futuristic elements within. I hope to be as heroic and brave, yet confrontational, as Katniss Everdeen, the main character. My favorite line:

“I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!”

Cue the Vocabulary Doodles:

Featured are my product "My Vocabulary Doodles" - 3 worksheets shown

I use these to help with any new unit, lesson, and just plain reading or any passage in general. A doodle is the next step if students can find the word's definition and make a context connection. Usually, students can remember vocabulary when encouraged to practice it unconventionally. Vocabulary Doodles are just that . . . some students overly enjoy it because they are artistic, while others don't enjoy doodling as much but will remember having to look up the definition of a new word and draw it. Ultimately, the strategy is exhilarating, and needing the graphic organizer will not be entirely necessary after enough practice. Your students should be able to visualize and write more clearly and comprehensively.

I cannot wait to hear how this strategy works for you! You can find these Vocabulary Doodle pages here! Happy doodling!!



16 Responses

    1. Such a fantastic question!! This is one of my favorite things. Normally I have the students draw a picture of the definition of the word. Though, I have had a student or two doodle the word itself and they still enjoyed the activity while the definition of the vocabulary word stuck with them.

    1. Thank you! Your words are so kind – I cannot wait to see what you come up with!! Do not hesitate to tag me on social media or email me photos in action so I can share your wonderful work!

  1. This is such a creative way to incorporate vocabulary through novel studies. I like that I can use the doodle sheets in other subject areas. Thank you for sharing this great idea.

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