1st Edition

Word Nerds Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary

    Word mastery comes from intimate knowledge of language. In Word Nerds : Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary, authors Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith take you inside classrooms where they implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence. With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, the authors developed a five-part plan to teach all students to learn vocabulary: Introducing new words in contextAdding related synonyms and antonymsEngaging in several days of active learningCelebrating new wordsAssessing vocabulary developmentThis easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach, and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. After incorporating the authors' plan, you can be a Word Nerd too!

    Introduction; Chapter 1: What's the Big Deal About Vocabulary Instruction?; Chapter 2: Classrooms That Foster Word Confidence; Chapter 3: Making Introductions; Chapter 4: Squeezing the Juicy Words—Adding Synonyms and Antonyms; Chapter 5: Active Vocabulary Practice; Chapter 6: Celebrate to Validate; Chapter 7: Spreading Vocabulary Wings; Chapter 8: Learning Through Assessment


    Leslie H. Montgomery has taught second through fifth grades and is currently an intermediate classroom teacher at Atkinson Academy for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Louisville, Kentucky. She has an MAT from the University of Louisville and is National Board Certified in literacy. Margot Holmes Smith has taught third and fourth grades for the past ?ve years at Atkinson Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. She is currently the reading and math intervention teacher for the fourth and ?fth grades. She is also working on her M.Ed. in literacy at the University of Louisville. Brenda J. Overturf was a classroom teacher for eighteen years before she coordinated K–12 Reading Curriculum and Assessment for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. Brenda also served as chair of the M.Ed. in Reading program at the University of Louisville, and is a former member of the board of directors for the International Reading Association.

    "Word Nerds raises the level of vocabulary instruction by setting the bar high for teachers, challenging us to provide students with the desire to study vocabulary and apply their knowledge not only to standardized tests but to daily writing and conversation." - MiddleWeb