Vocabulary in Action: Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers by Gay FawcettVocabulary in Action: Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers by Gay Fawcett

Vocabulary in Action: Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers

byGay Fawcett

Paperback | August 14, 2012

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This book will take you into the classrooms of great literacy teachers from around the United States who have designed successful vocabulary instruction for their grades K-6 classrooms. Each teacher will share vocabulary routines that he or she uses on a regular basis, including his or her favorite, which you can use as-is or adapt for your own classroom. Through their stories you will be encouraged to examine your vocabulary instruction and consider what you can do to help students who have vocabulary gaps and further enrich the vocabulary of those students who don't.
Gay Fawcett has been in education for over 38 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and professor. She currently consults and writes in the field of literacy education.
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Title:Vocabulary in Action: Lessons from Great Literacy TeachersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:146 pages, 8.97 × 5.91 × 0.46 inPublished:August 14, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610488768

ISBN - 13:9781610488761

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Timothy V. RasinskiPrefaceIntroduction Chapter 1: Principles of Vocabulary Instruction When Does a Student Know a Word? Indirect Learning of Vocabulary Read Alouds Talk With Children Independent Reading Direct Vocabulary Instruction What Works? What Words? Guidelines for Vocabulary Instruction Conclusion Reflection and Action Knowledge Rating Chart Chapter 2: The Importance of Routines in Vocabulary Instruction Vocabulary Routine in Parchment, Michigan Selecting Vocabulary Words Five Day Plan Stephanie Murphy's Favorite: Story Impression Conclusion Reflection and ActionChapter 3: You Don't Have to be Greek to Teach Greek and Latin Roots! Morphology Instruction in Fairfax County, Virginia Finding the Connection Expanding the Word Roots Approach into Other Classrooms Vocabulary Routines Independent Reading Classroom Talk WOW Words Joanna Newton's Favorite: Root of the Week Conclusion Reflection and Action Meeting Procedure: Focused Free Write Chapter 4: Creating a Classroom Context That Supports Vocabulary Instruction Establishing a Culture That All Students Deserve in Shawnee, KansasTeacher Attitude and Enthusiasm Jeri Power's Students Vocabulary Routines Independent Reading Writing Read Alouds Jeri Power's Favorite: Exhausted Word Maps Conclusion Reflection and Action Meeting Procedure: Consultation Line Chapter 5: Vocabulary Strategies: Where to Look FirstEffective Vocabulary Strategies Learned From Colleagues in Stow, Ohio Vocabulary Routines Awesome Words Family Involvement Note Card Summaries Jackie Zaucha's Favorite: Word Ladders Conclusion Reflection and Action Template for Planning a Word Ladder Chapter 6: Be an Active Decision-Maker When Planning Vocabulary Instruction Vocabulary Instruction within the Context of Standards, Tests, and Accountability in Baltimore, Maryland Vocabulary Routines Word Splash Make It Mine Words Vocabulary Tree Baby Words Vocabulary Bookmarks Jill Johnson-McMullan's Favorite: Context Clues Conclusion Reflection and Action Meeting Procedure: Carousel Chapter 7: Teacher Modeling for Vocabulary Instruction A Life of Reading, Writing, and Thinking in Kent, Ohio Assessing Students' Interests and Needs Vocabulary Routines Quiet Reading Read Alouds Patriotic Songs and Texts Connecting Spelling and Vocabulary Instruction Michele McComb's Favorite: Index Cards Conversations Conclusion Reflection and Action Chapter 8: Filling Your Classroom with Words A Word Filled Classroom in Orlando, Florida Word Wall Routine Patrick Hernan's Favorite: Word Wall Bingo Conclusion Reflection and ActionChapters 9: Teaching Vocabulary in Meaningful Contexts Learning Vocabulary through Supplemental Reading Instruction in Ganado, Arizona Vocabulary Study with Literature Knowledge Boxes Vocabulary Study with Non-Fiction TextsElaina Vann's Favorite: Vocabulary Development through the SensesParent Involvement ConclusionReflection and ActionMeeting Procedure: JigsawChapter 10: Professional Development and Vocabulary Instruction Professional Development in Chula Vista, CaliforniaVocabulary Routines Think Alouds Chants Susan Dowell's Favorite: The Farmer in the Dell Conclusion Reflection and Action Meeting Procedure: Give One, Get OneChapter 11: Vocabulary Instruction for Children with Special Needs Vocabulary Instruction for Children with Special Needs in Mayfield, Ohio Vocabulary Routines Scaffolding with Pictures Word Webs Alpha Boxes Sally Maher's Favorite: Language CalendarConclusion Reflection and Action Meeting Procedure: KivaChapter 12: Oral Vocabulary Leads Reading VocabularyOral Language Instruction in Springfield, Missouri Vocabulary Routines Structured Conversations Teacher Modeling Informal Social Language Development Parent Newletters Abby Lowe's Favorite: Kinesthetic Read Alouds Conclusion Reflection and Action Meeting Procedure: Silent ConversationChapter 13: Resources Online Resources Online Dictionaries Websites for Professional Reading Websites for Teaching Word Roots Professional Books Children's Literature for Teaching VocabularyReferences

Editorial Reviews

Fawcett takes readers into the classrooms of exemplary teachers, providing a glimpse of research-based vocabulary instruction in action. There is no shortage of books on strategies for teaching vocabulary. This book is unique in that it goes beyond the how-to's and focuses on the story of what the strategy looks like when enacted in a real classroom. Each chapter begins with contextual information about the teacher, the students, and the strategy. Then, through the use of actual classroom dialogue and student work samples, the strategy comes to life for the reader. This window onto the on-the-spot decision making of a master teacher can be particularly valuable for pre-service and beginning teachers in helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Fawcett has over 30 years' experience in the classroom and has cowritten books with noted literacy researchers Tim Rasinski and Nancy Padak. Fawcett's expertise has resulted in a teacher-friendly resource that is firmly rooted in research-based best practice. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.