Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12

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Stenhouse Publishers, Jan 1, 1999 - Education - 156 pages
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Do you spend hours creating word lists and weekly vocabulary tests only to find that your students have "forgotten" the words by the following week? Janet Allen and her students were frustrated with the same problem. Words, Words, Words describes the research that changed the way she and many other teachers teach vocabulary. It offers educators practical, research-based solutions for helping students fall into new language, learn new words, and begin to use those words in their speaking and writing lives.

This book offers teachers detailed strategy lessons in the following areas:

  • activating and building background word knowledge;
  • making word learning meaningful and lasting;
  • building concept knowledge;
  • using word and structural analysis to create meaning;
  • using context as a text support;
  • making reading the heart of vocabulary instruction.

Words, Words, Words provides educators with a strong research base, detailed classroom-based lessons, and graphic organizers to support the strategy lessons. At a time when teachers are struggling to meet content standards in reading across the curriculum, this book offers some practical solutions for meeting those standards in ways that are meaningful and lasting.


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Loved this! Short, easy to read, got a lot of Vocab activities to try with my class. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather - Goodreads

This is a very interesting book, especially since it is sort of a textbook. The ideas are extremely applicable and the tools included are very useful. Read full review


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Reading as the Heart of WordRich Classrooms
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About the author (1999)

After teaching high school reading and English in Maine for twenty years, Janet Allen relocated to Florida, where she currently teaches English education courses at the University of Central Florida. A recipient of the Maine Educator Award and the Milken Foundation National Educator Award, Dr. Allen has always had a special interest in working with students who are at risk in terms of literacy and has spent much of her teaching career researching and working with these students.

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