Dictionaries and thesauruses can serve as resources for students to expand their Vocabulary knowledge, as they provide easy access to definitions and similar words to help students remember words and meanings more readily. Using these resources is particularly helpful in increasing Disciplinary Literacy when students access content-specific texts with high-level Vocabulary. Students can also enrich their Composition pieces when they use a dictionary or thesaurus.
Watch how this high school teacher uses a visual thesaurus to help students understand puns. At 10:24, one of the students presents their pun and explains their Vocabulary process to the class, using information found in the thesaurus. The second student presentation shows how the group problem solved when they did not understand a key vocabulary word in their pun.
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Learn how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary app allows learners to conveniently search for and define unfamiliar words. By offering voice search and audio pronunciation functions, this product supports learners who prefer audio over text. The embedded quizzes also allow for continued Vocabulary building and practice.
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