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Posted on Sep 20, 2014 in Language Arts Development

Making Word Connections and Using Mnemonics to Enhance Retention and Retrieval

A mnemonic device is anything that serves as a memory aid.  Mnemonic strategies are used with all age groups and every level of learner.  The goal is to have students take more control of their learning.  These strategies are often used in language arts; however, they can be used in any other subject area, such as science and social studies. Mnemonic devices are especially helpful for remembering vocabulary and can be very useful for SAT preparation.  

Click here to download the activity seen in the video.

Types of Mnemonics:

  • Alliteration
  • Association
  • Cause and Effect
  • Create a Word
  • Categorization: Visual Vertical Scale
  • Idioms
  • Jingles
  • Humor
  • Personal Context
  • Positive or Negative
  • Prior Knowledge
  • Rhyming
  • Visual Images

This video was filmed at The Pilot School.