Semantic Feature Analysis

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Students learn 1,000 to 4,000 new words each year!

Teaching vocabulary results in:

  1. Improved reading comprehension
  2. Improved writing
  3. Improved word recognition and decoding
  4. Increased general intelligence. 

One way to check prior knowledge and explore word relationships is to create a Semantic Feature Analysis Chart (insert chart with example). 

Follow these steps:

  • Select a topic
  • Provide key vocabulary words and features
  • List vocabulary words on left column of the grid and semantic features across the top row of the grid
  • Place a checkmark if the vocabulary word aligns with each feature

Students can also take this information to write a paragraph on the topic that was chosen!  You can even create a research project out of it.