Clicker 6, Clicker Docs, WriteOnline and the new WriteOnline App, all offer tabbed banks of vocabulary.
Here are some of the powerful ways in which these are being used to extend and improve students’ writing.
In the examples below, tab headings act as signposts, giving the student an instant overview of the writing task. Each tab contains vocabulary suitable for a paragraph or section, and so as the student opens each tab in order they are guided through their writing. They are also encouraged, prompted, and reminded to use words appropriate to the style and content of the assignment.
Provide banks of vocabulary to write a story
Open each tab for vocabulary to write up a science investigation
In the next examples, words are arranged so that the tab headings focus on particular vocabulary that you want the students to use in their writing. The tab headings direct the students so that they can make choices as they write and they are encouraged to use a wider vocabulary.
You can also use the tabs to draw attention to individual or group objectives. For example, a general bank of adjectives will help with descriptive writing, unfamiliar or difficult topic words can be made readily available, while a bank of words appropriate to a particular genre will help the writer to become more confident in adopting the relevant style.
Offer alternatives to overused words to encourage students to substitute more adventurous vocabulary
Provide a selection of connectives to help students develop cohesion in their texts
Give access to topic-related specialist vocabulary with which students may only just be becoming familiar
Each tab can contain as many or as few words as you wish, so that the set can be tailored to the needs and development of your writers – 20 words may be appropriate, or three may be enough. The level of content is also of course open-ended - you may offer anything from complex science vocabulary at secondary level, to words to write about pets or families for young writers.
Whether you are using Clicker 6
, Clicker Docs
, tabbed word banks will focus your writers on useful vocabulary and give them a straightforward way to access the words, and so help them to improve and extend their writing.