On Friday I realized that quite a few students do not know how to use a dictionary. They didn’t know what the words at the top of the page meant and had trouble searching through alphabetical listings. They also had trouble discerning which definition is the right one.
I understand that students today probably just go to dictionary.com and type in the words they don’t know, but I can’t let the kids use the computers for the state test. Paper dictionaries, however, are permissible. Looks like I have a new skill to teach (in high school!).