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Infusing Vocabulary Into the Reading-Writing Workshop

A Guide for Teachers in Grades K-8, 1st Edition

By Amy Benjamin


128 pages

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Learn how to make vocabulary instruction more effective by making better use of mini-lessons and word study time to achieve durable learning about words and how they work. In this essential new book, literacy expert Amy Benjamin presents her 4E model (Exposure, Exploration, Engagement, Energy) for teaching vocabulary so that students gain deep understanding, improving their overall language and literacy skills. Benjamin guides you through bringing these 4Es to life in your K-8 reading-writing workshop.

-Exposure: Enrich your teacher talk with sophisticated words and phrases to facilitate natural language acquisition and application of new words.

-Exploration: Promote consistent vocabulary growth with a multifaceted instructional approach that incorporates etymology, word associations, word families, spelling, and morphology.

-Engagement: Build students’ confidence by encouraging meaningful use of new words, both in and out of the classroom.

-Energy: Enliven your workshop and increase participation with a variety of word games, puzzles, projects, and cooperative learning activities.

Each chapter provides practical examples and scenarios to help you apply the model to your own classroom. The appendices include a variety of strategies for organizing reading-writing workshops, a thorough introduction to academic word lists and their role in vocabulary instruction, and an analysis of forty Latin and Greek word roots for mini-lessons.

Table of Contents


Meet the Author


Chapter 1: Exposure

Chapter 2: Exploration

Chapter 3: Engagement

Chapter 4: Energy

Appendix A: Balanced Literacy and the Reading-Writing Workshop

Appendix B: The Coxhead List: The Academic Word List and Spanish Cognates,

Organized by Frequency

Appendix C: The Zwier List: Basic Toolkit of Academic Vocabulary, Organized by Purpose

Appendix D: Analysis of 40 Latin and Greek Roots for Mini-Lessons



About the Author

Amy Benjamin is a national education consultant and author of twelve books on teaching literacy, including Infusing Grammar Into the Writer’s Workshop with Barbara Golub. Before becoming a consultant, she was an award-winning English teacher in Montrose, New York.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts