1st Edition

Making Words REAL Proven Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary Fast

By Joanne Billingsley Copyright 2016
    150 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    150 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    150 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    Learn how to tap into the power of imagery, communication, and collaboration to make vocabulary building fun and meaningful! Research has proven that students with a larger, more nuanced vocabulary become more proficient readers, writers, critical thinkers, and learners, making them more likely to succeed in academic environments. In this new book from Joanne M. Billingsley, an award-winning teacher and educational consultant, you will discover how to help your K-12 students expand their academic vocabulary across the content areas.

    Topics include:

    • Using card sorts and video trailers to make vocabulary-building interactive;
    • Expanding your teaching strategies to support ELLs and early readers;
    • Building students’ word knowledge through emblematic and iconic gestures;
    • Writing and asking scaffolded questions to get all students engaged with academic vocabulary;
    • And much, much more!

    The book also features sample teacher-to-student dialogues to demonstrate how to talk about words, as well as games and activities that motivate students and help word meanings stick. No matter what subject area you teach, your students will benefit from the exciting and powerful strategies in this book.


    Part I - Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary

    Chapter 1: Vocabulary Magic: Billingsley’s 6 Steps to Building Academic Vocabulary - Using Card Sorts and Trailers

    Chapter 2: Modified Vocabulary Magic: 6 Steps for Pre-Readers and ELLs

    Chapter 3: More Strategies for Building Academic Vocabulary

    • Vocabulary in a Bag - Tagging Words to Objects
    • Picture Pages - Using Images to Support Learning

    Chapter 4: Emblematic and Iconic Gestures

    • Using Emblematic Gestures to Improve Communication
    • Using Iconic Gestures to Build Word and Content Knowledge

    Part II –Structured Opportunities for Using Academic Vocabulary

    Chapter 5: Numbered Heads and Scaffolded Questions

    Chapter 6: Read, Talk, Write - Using Academic Vocabulary

    • Sentence Puzzlers
    • Walk, Talk, Write, Post

    Chapter 7: 21 Games and Extension Activities to Use with Card Sorts

    Closing Thoughts

    Appendix A: Vocabulary Magic Card Sort Instructions for Students

    Appendix B: Vocabulary Magic Word Journal

    Appendix C: Sentence Stems for Students



    Joanne M. Billingsley is an educational consultant, author, keynote speaker, and nationally-acclaimed lecturer. She is the creator of the Vocabulary Magic™ process for teaching academic words, http:www.vocabularymagic.com.

    "Joanne Billingsley has done an amazing job with this book. Finding the time to think of and create fun and interactive games and activities is almost impossible for a classroom teacher. This book presents strategies and ideas in an easy-to-use format, including ways to support and encourage ELL students. Each activity is described in great detail with step-by-step instructions on how to facilitate learning for ALL students." --Sara Cope, Principal and Former Teacher, BonDeCroft Elementary, Sparta, TN

    "I love the thorough research base made comprehensible for everyday teachers. The instructional practices that are espoused are effective practices that will actually work in the classroom and mirror much of what I have already implemented in my classes. Many teachers struggle with effective vocabulary instruction, and this book can help them improve." --Janna McClain, Former ELL Teacher, Hobgood Elementary School, Murfreesboro, TN

    "I have seen Joanne Billingsley in action teaching and modeling the varied vocabulary strategies outlined in this book, and I’ve observed our Harlandale ISD teachers and students using and enjoying the strategies! Our teachers’ practices were enhanced with easy-to-implement, interactive, and engaging strategies which resulted in improved academic vocabulary acquisition for our students. Her years of research and first-hand work with students and classroom teachers have now come alive in a masterful book, providing both the research/rationale and practical application of the Vocabulary Magic® six-step process, read/talk/write activities, and so much more."  --Carol Berg Harle, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Harlandale Independent School District, TX