Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Grades 4-12
We've learned a lot in recent years about the important role vocabulary plays in making meaning, yet many teachers still struggle with vocabulary instruction that goes beyond weekly word lists.
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- Author: Janet Allen
- ISBN: 978-157110-399-4
- Media: 176 pp/paper + CD ROM
- Grade Range: 4-12
- Item No: WEB-0399
We've learned a lot in recent years about the important role vocabulary plays in making meaning, yet many teachers still struggle with vocabulary instruction that goes beyond weekly word lists. Effective vocabulary instruction is particularly vital in the content areas, where the specialized language used by insiders” often creates a barrier to understanding for those new to the subjects. In Inside Words, Janet Allen merges recent research and key content-area teaching strategies to show teachers how to help students understand the academic vocabulary found in textbooks, tests, articles, and other informational texts.
Each instructional tool is listed alphabetically along with its purpose: building background knowledge; teaching words that are critical to comprehension; providing support during reading and writing; developing a conceptual framework; and assessing students' understanding of words and concepts.
Inside Words builds on Janet's previous books, Words, Words, Words and Tools for Teaching Content Literacy, to provide a much-needed middle and secondary school resource for teaching vocabulary, not only in the language arts, but in all of the content areas.
Table of Contents
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Instructional Strategies and the Tools That Support Them
Concepts and Vocabulary: Categories and Labels
"I'm Thinking of a Word..."
I Spy: A Word Scavenger Hunt
Previewing Content Vocabulary
Semantic Feature Analysis
Survival of the Fittest
Think-Pair-Share: Collaborate for Understanding