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Vocabulary Strategies That Work

Do This—Not That!, 1st Edition

By Lori G. Wilfong


144 pages

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pub: 2012-10-29
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Update your vocabulary practices to meet the Common Core and improve students' word knowledge! This new, clearly-structured guide shows you how. It's packed with engaging, research-based, classroom-ready strategies for teaching vocabulary.

Topics include…

  • Selecting meaningful words for direct instruction
  • Strategies for engaging students in word study
  • Helping students come up with their own definitions
  • Authentic vocabulary assessment
  • Greek and Latin word study
  • Bringing vocabulary to life using symbols and pictures
  • Using a word wall effectively
  • Teaching vocabulary all the time
  • Creating opportunities for wide reading
  • Using and expecting academic language

For each vocabulary recommendation, you'll learn the research behind it, how it relates to the Common Core, and how to implement it in your classroom. The practical ideas for teaching vocabulary will benefit all of your students, including your English language learners, with specific connections to ELLs included throughout the book. This is a must-have resource for teaching vocabulary and meeting the Common Core standards!

Table of Contents


1. Select Words to Teach

2. Use Strategies to Engage Students in Word Study

3. Help Students Come Up with Their Own Definitions

4. Assess Student Use of Words in Authentic Writing and Speaking

5. Teach Students Morphological Strategies to Figure Out Words They Do Not Know, in Addition to Context-Clue Strategies

6. Use Symbols and Pictures to Help Bring Vocabulary to Life

7. Highlight and Use a Word Wall in Classroom Instruction

8. Use and Apply Vocabulary Words Regularly (versus Isolated Practice)

9. Allow Opportunities for Wide Reading so Students Are Exposed to Words All the Time, in a Variety of Books

10. Model the Use of Academic Language at All Times, Setting High Expectations for Language Use


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