ERIC Number: ED231368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Using the Dictionary. A Syllabus for a Ten-Session Library Reference Skills Program, Grades 7 and 8.
Detroit Public Schools, MI. Div. of Educational Services.
One of 13 instructional models developed for use in Detroit's public schools, this course outline describes ten library sessions for teaching seventh and eighth grade students dictionary skills. It is noted that the complete library reference skills program was designed to improve student performance in the Ninth-Grade Objective-Referenced Testing (NGORT) Program and the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) Reading Objectives for Tenth Grade. The publication includes a course outline; a lesson on dictionaries and their contents; a series of exercises which provide practice in selecting definitions to match words in specific contexts; and a series of related exercises covering the use of content clues for meaning, the choice of the right definition, alphabetical order, the division of a dictionary into thirds, pronunciation keys, dictionary practice, the location of a word whose spelling is unknown, the procedure to follow if a definition contains an unfamiliar word, variant spellings, and idiomatic expressions. Appendices comprise test item specifications and a sample dictionary skills exercise from the NGORT program; optional supplemental exercises covering parts of speech, illustrated definitions, word entries, and dictionary guide words; answer keys for all exercises in the booklet; and a list of supplementary resources for teaching dictionary and library reference skills. (ESR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI. Div. of Educational Services.
Note: For a related document, see IR 050 228.