CODE: Deep Processing a Vocabulary Word through Multisensory Channels
The four steps in C-O-D-E strategy for putting words into memory are Connect, Organize, Deep process, and Explore core vocabulary. Let's look in more depth at the third step, "deep process" a word. In this step, you intensify vocabulary by using multiple sensory channels. That is, you strengthen your learning by processing a word four ways.
Here's a review of the steps you read about in your text. What is added here is a sample chart showing how you could deep process the word "tyrant."
(1) Explain the term in your own words and write it down. This taps your linguistic (language) understanding.
(2) In your mind, create a picture of the word itself and a visual representation of what it means. You can also make a couple of drawings and illustrations. This taps into visual understanding.
(3) Link the word to an emotional response. What feelings do you associate with the word? Describe those feelings. Say the word and the definition with feeling. This taps into emotional understanding.
(4) Represent the word physically. That is, make a physical symbol with your hands or body that explains what the new term means to you. Say the word and the definition as you make the facial expression or gesture. This taps your kinesthetic (bodily) understanding.
Look up the word. Then write the definition in your own words.
A tyrant is a person who has absolute power, and uses it in a harsh, cruel manner.
Create a picture of the word or a visual representation of what it means.
Link the word to an emotional response.
I would feel fear and anger if I were ruled by a tyrant.
Represent the word physically.
I would use a raised fist and a mean expression to symbolize a tyrant because tyrants are powerful, mean, and cruel.
Explore Core Vocabulary
“Explore core vocabulary” is the fourth and final step in C-O-D-E strategy for putting words into memory. The meaning of a word is more than j ust a dictionary definition, especially if it is a concept word. Examples of concept words and the sub j ects they occur in are democracy in history, theory in science, context clues in reading, theme in literature, program in computer science, and function in math. The following tips will help you expand your knowledge of these key terms:
Here's an example using the words tyrant and coup d'etat:
A ruler who's mean
A ruler who has all the power, and who rules in a harsh or cruel manner
I didn't have the part about the tyrant having ALL the power.
The sudden overthrow of a government, usually by a small group of people who previously were in positions of authority.
I didn't understand that a government is actually replaced by other people who take over by force. Also, I didn't know those people had probably held some power before.