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Vocabulary Plus K-8: A Source-Based Approach, 1/e Alleen Pace Nilsen, Arizona State University and Don L. F. Nilsen, Arizona State University
Grounded on the Nilsens' source-based approach, students and teachers are led through explorations of how over the centuries words have been enlarged and given additional meanings both through lexical extensions and metaphorical processes. Capitalizing on the basic concept of a source-based approach that words have "natural" connections to each other, the Nilsen's provide ample applications to demonstrate how these words can be taught through what are variously called gestalts, webs, or ladders. The abundance of materials provide students with ample practice in using contextual clues, not so much to figure out a meaning as to exclude the meanings of a word that are inappropriate.
"Thank you for a terrific read."
Professor Leif Fearn, San Diego State University
"Vocabulary Plus is interesting, engaging, and a logical way in which to teach vocabulary."
Professor Mary Catherine Sableski, University of Dayton/Kettering City Schools
Alleen and Don Nilsen have a long history of working with words and their meanings. Their books include LANGUAGE PLAY and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF 20th-CENTURY AMERICAN HUMOR, which was chosen as an "Outstanding Reference Source, 2001" by the American Library Association. At Arizona State University, Alleen is a professor of English Education and Don is a professor of linguistics. They draw on their respective areas of expertise in these two books which will breathe new life into the teaching of vocabulary.
Chapters 2-12 include “Background Reading for the Teacher,” “Notes to Help Teachers Elicit Ideas from Students,” “Workshops to be Photo Copied for Students,” and “End-of-Chapter Activities.”
What Is a Source-Based Approach?
A Note to College Instructors and Leaders of Workshops.
A Note to Teachers of Primary Grade Children.
2. Plants and Animals.
3. Human Body Parts and Actions.
4. Letters, Shapes, and Numbers.
6. Containers and Shelters.
8. Earth and Sky, Water and Fire.
9. Tools, Jobs, and Equipment.
10. Sports, Games, and Travel.
11. Sounds and Music.
12. Mythology and Names.