Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction

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Guilford Press, Jan 31, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 210 pages
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Hundreds of thousands of teachers have used this highly practical guide to help K-12 students enlarge their vocabulary and get involved in noticing, understanding, and using new words. Grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension. The authors are trusted experts who draw on extensive experience in diverse classrooms and schools. Sample lessons and vignettes, children's literature suggestions, end-of-chapter summaries, and "Your Turn" learning activities enhance the book's utility as a classroom resource, professional development tool, or course text.

New to This Edition
*Reflects over a decade of advances in research-based vocabulary instruction.
*Chapters on vocabulary and writing; assessment; and differentiating instruction for struggling readers and English language learners, including coverage of response to intervention (RTI).
*Expanded discussions of content-area vocabulary and multiple-meaning words.
*Many additional examples showing what robust instruction looks like in action.
*Appendix with a useful menu of instructional activities.

See also the authors' Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples, which includes specific instructional sequences for different grade ranges, as well as Making Sense of Phonics, Second Edition: The Hows and Whys, by Isabel L. Beck and Mark E. Beck, an invaluable resource for K-3.
 
 

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Contents

Chapter 1Rationale for Robust Vocabulary Instruction
1
Chapter 2Choosing Words to Teach
19
Chapter 3Introducing Word Meanings
40
Chapter 4Bringing Vocabulary into the Earliest Grades
55
Chapter 5Instructional Sequences for Later Grades
82
Chapter 6Assessing and Maintaining New Vocabulary
103
Chapter 7Working with Instructional and Natural Contexts
117
Chapter 8Vocabulary and Writing
139
Chapter 9Differentiating Vocabulary Instruction
153
Chapter 10Energizing the Verbal Environment
172
Appendix
183
References
195
Index
204
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Isabel L. Beck, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Education in the School of Education and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, both at the University of Pittsburgh.

Margaret G. McKeown, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Education in the School of Education and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Linda Kucan, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh School of Education.

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