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Nourishing Vocabulary
Balancing Words and Learning



May 2008 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Very important for everyone working with students on developing literacy and improving their overall education. Vocabulary instruction is a critical topic, and there is a great need for a well-developed program that can be readily implemented. This is one of the most thorough books on the topic."
—Mary Amato, Literacy Coach
Alexander Graham Bell School, Chicago, IL

"This book addresses not only the need for vocabulary development, but also tools to use in the classroom. I liked how easy the tools and strategies were to work into everyday classroom activities and across the curriculum. Very practical."
—Stephanie Malin, Elementary Instructional Coach
Beaverton School District, OR

Nurture children's intellectual growth with rich language experiences!

All children need a strong verbal foundation in order to participate fully in school experiences. Aligned with findings from the National Reading Panel Report, Nourishing Vocabulary emphasizes the importance of supporting students' academic development with targeted vocabulary instruction that includes a wide range of language forms and words.

The authors provide sound theory and practical techniques to help teachers bridge the achievement gap by strengthening vocabulary, deepening literacy skills, and raising performance levels for all children. This rich resource includes a wealth of specific strategies for:

  • Vocabulary acquisition
  • Read-alouds and independent reading
  • Decoding unknown words
  • Helping students distinguish between language patterns at home and at school

When fully explored, a literacy program focused on vocabulary building, problem solving strategies, word consciousness, and an appreciation for oral language can result in meaningful, complex learning experiences that contribute to students' academic and real-world success.

 
Foreword by Donald Bear
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. An Overview of the Vocabulary Pyramid
 
2. The Nature of Word Learning
 
3. Developing an Overall Vocabulary Plan
 
4. Planning Instruction for Primary Students
 
5. Planning Instruction for Upper Elementary Students
 
6. Planning Instruction for Secondary Students
 
7. Differentiating Instruction for English Learners and Students With Special Needs
 
8. Vocabulary Assessment and Evaluation
 
9. Programmatic Change
 
Appendix A: Reference Materials for Teaching English
 
Appendix B: Reproducible Materials
 
References
 
Index

"Provides effective, doable strategies to promote vocabulary development. The variet of activities and strategies gives students, especially English Language Learners, balanced vocabulary instruction."

Patricia Preut, Reading Specialist and Educational Consultant
Mt. Diablo Unified School District, CA

"The materials will guide administrators and district personnel in making schoolwide/districtwide reforms that benefit students and support teachers."

Grace Maes, Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach
Mt. Diablo Unified School District, CA
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