Vocabulary development is key in developing good readers. This article from Reading Rockets outlines how to List-Group-Label Vocabulary to make cognitive connections.
List-group-label is a form of semantic mapping. The strategy encourages students to improve their vocabulary and categorization skills and learn to organize concepts. Categorizing listed words, through grouping and labeling, helps students organize new concepts in relation to previously learned concepts.
Why use list-group-label?
- It helps students organize their understanding of specific vocabulary and concepts.
- It builds on students’ prior knowledge about a topic.
- It actively engages students in learning new vocabulary and content by activating their critical thinking skills.
- It teaches categorizing and labeling skills.