Teaching Vocabulary

Teaching Vocabulary : 50 Creative Strategies, Grades K-12

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Here is an entire book filled with the kinds of strategies no teacher of reading can ever have enough of: time-tested, classroom-proven ideas that really work with elementary, middle, and high school students-including ESL and others students who come to class with limited vocabulary and few literacy skills. Each of the strategies has been used successfully by master teachers who participate in the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project; each is accompanied by authentic student artifacts or instructional figures; and each is bolstered by discussion of where it fits in the overall literacy curriculum and how students have responded to it.
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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 210.82 x 274.32 x 12.7mm | 385.55g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 013112966X
  • 9780131129665

Table of contents

1. Teaching Vocabulary Creatively. 2. Collecting Words. Mastering Words: Making the Most of a Word Wall. Personal Word Walls. Thematic Word Walls. Creating Science Journals. Vocabulary Building: Sometimes Less is More. Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral. Disastrous Words. Vocabulary Graphics. Sorting for Success. Vocabulary Squares. Parts of Speech Word Wall. 3. Discovering Definition. Word Expert. Second Graders Make Personal Thesauruses. Vocabulary Self-Check. Vocabulary Discussions in Literary Circles. Using Computer Software Tools to Expand Vocabulary. Literary Terms. Vocabulary Tea Party. Vocabulary Carousel: A Merry-Go-Round of Words. Using Meaningful Concepts to Understand Science Vocabulary. 4. Working With Meanings. Which Meaning Should I Choose? Key Word Collection: A New Way to Focus on Multiple Meanings of Words. Word Posters That Link Key Concepts. Vocabulary Development in the Science Classroom. Sensitizing Students to Shades of Meaning: The Synonym Continuum. Connotations: Eclectic and Electric. Venerable Teaching. Shades of Meaning: Relating and Expanding Word Knowledge. 5. Expanding Writing Vocabulary. Collecting Verbs for Revising Writing. Learning the ABC's. Nurturing My Students' Romance With Words. Integrating Creative Verbs into Student Writing. Recipe for Vocabulary Short Story Three-Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting. The Excitement of Words. Curriculum-Related Word Banks: Deposits That Draw Interest. Monster Sentences. Don't Read This; It's Taboo. 6. Investigating Word Origins. Where In the World? From Slang to Dictionary Entry: A Word Study Project. Back to Our Word Roots. Start Your Day With Vocabulary: It's Low in Fat and High in Fiber. Word Tree Posters. Linking the Past With the Present: Modernizing Words. 7. Playing With Words. Logcreatology. Curing Homophone Madness. Building Vocabulary and Comprehension Through Dramatization. Vocabulary Poetry: A Means of Assessment. Word Clusters: Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Words. Vocabulary Crosswords. Vocabulary Crib Books. 8. A Further Word. You Will Thank Me for This Some Day: A Reflection on Direct Vocabulary Instruction. About the Authors.
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About Gail E. Tompkins

Cathy Blanchfield is a secondary teacher in the Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, CA. She has taught middle and high school students from predominantly low socioeconomic neighborhoods. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. in Education, Reading Emphasis, from California State University, Fresno. Cathy serves the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project as a Teacher Consultant and Associate Director. Gail Tompkins is a professor at California State University, Fresno where she teaches courses in reading and language arts. She is also Director of the San Joaquin Valley Writing Project at CSU Fresno. She is very interested in the history of English and in etymologies of words.
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