A to Z taxonomy

Priming Strategy

A to Z taxonomy

This priming activity can be used to generate vocabulary for reading a text or topical writing. Each student lists A-Z on their paper and then tries to generate as many words as they can about the assigned topic or concept using the A-Z list as the first letters of the words they are brainstorming. After working 3-4 minutes independently students join a small group and share words. Next students walk around and look at others list to ‘cross-pollinate’ ideas. Revisit the taxonomy as the lesson progresses to see which vocabulary was relevant to the text and to add new vocabulary. As a means of processing, summaries using the vocabulary are also written.