The Power of Words: Learning Vocabulary in Grades 4-9

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Teachers are intuitively aware of the connection between academic vocabulary and reading comprehension. Unfortunately, despite what we know about active instruction of vocabulary that will be retained by our students, teachers often assign vocabulary but rarely teach it well. The result are akin to a salesman who says, "I sold it, but they didn't buy it." Scott C. Greenwood provides teachers with the hows and whys of effective vocabulary instruction through the use of visual organizers, user-friendly appendixes, classroom vignettes, and simple, clear language, encouraging professionals to truly engage their pupils.

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Spurred by the literacy learning of his two sons, Greenwood (West Chester Univ.) observes that "[d]espite an increasing body of evidence about what constitutes 'best practice,' the fact remains that implementation of good vocabulary teaching remains elusive." Greenwood believes it is critical that teachers understand the differences between skills, strategies, and activities. He states that strategies necessitate intentionality, are metacognitive, and require evaluation with possible revision, whereas skills are smaller, automatic, and do not usually involve much cognitive effort; activities are structures for practicing and reinforcing new and previously learned vocabulary. After presenting the unique characteristics of middle-level learners, Greenwood follows up with a variety of rich vocabulary learning strategies that are based on the need for students to be "active agents" in their learning. With ten chapters of solid, easy-to-understand content, and 30 figures that support that content, Greenwood offers specifics that will allow the classroom teacher to move toward more effective vocabulary instruction. Summing Up: Recommended
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607097273
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott C. Greenwood is an associate professor of literacy at West Chester University and has served as a secondary English teacher, a middle school developmental reading teacher, an elementary reading specialist, and a K–12 supervisor of language arts.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures v

Acknowledgments vii

1 Why This Book" 1

2 What Works: Principles of Sound Vocabulary Instruction 15

3 What's to Come: Indirect, Direct, General, and Specific Methodologies 31

4 Vocabulary and Narrative Text 39

5 Teaching Vocabulary in the Content Areas 71

6 Vocabulary and Writing 91

7 Structural Analysis and Word Parts 109

8 Using Dictionaries and Other Tools of Reference 125

9 Serendipity 137

10 The Assessment of Vocabulary, Including Test Preparation 161

Appendices 173

References 211

Index 217

About the Author 223

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