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Exploring a Teen's World: Learning SAT Vocabulary Through Drama

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Exploring a Teen's World: Learning SAT Vocabulary Through Drama

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Five to six 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Nancy Barile

Nancy Barile

Revere, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association



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Building a solid SAT vocabulary is essential for reading success as well as for communicating effectively when speaking, writing, and listening. Motivation plays a key role in learning SAT vocabulary; with this lesson, students become highly motivated to master SAT vocabulary words because they are using them to create and film their own teen drama from start to finish. This student-centered approach to learning SAT vocabulary is a powerful, effective, and engaging way to help students increase their academic and social confidence and improve their test scores.

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Story Map: This story map will help students focus on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution development as they write their teen drama.

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Bromley, K. (2009). Vocabulary instruction in the secondary classroom. In S.R. Parris, D. Fisher, & K. Headley (Eds.), Adolescent literacy, field tested: Effective solutions for every classroom (pp. 58-69). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.


National Council of Teachers of English. (1993). NCTE Guideline: Learning through language: A call for action in all disciplines. Retrieved December 9, 2011, from www.ncte.org/positions/statements/learningthroughlang

  • As the NCTE states, “For many years, teachers and researchers have known that students learn better and that their learning lasts longer in language-intensive classrooms. No matter what the subject, the people who read it, write it, and talk it are the ones who learn it best.”

  • This lesson is the perfect student-centered vehicle for helping students to read, write, and talk about SAT vocabulary.

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