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Explanation of Tool

    • Record the critical vocabulary terms for an upcoming unit on a Vocabulary Knowledge Rating Organizer.
    • Introduce the terms to students by having students see, hear, and say them.  
    • Explain that these are the terms students will encounter and need to master during the upcoming unit.
    • Instruct students to assess and indicate their familiarity with each term by circling the appropriate number on the four-point scale.  Have them add up their points to get their initial VKR.
    • Stop at various points throughout the unit and at the conclusion of the unit to have students reflect on how their understanding of the terms has grown and changed.
    • Help students reflect on and celebrate their progress.