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The Vocabulary Playbook

Learning Words That Matter, K-12

Students develop vocabulary when teachers make it a priority—it’s that simple. This resource abounds with dynamic word-learning activities for any content area.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071894309
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: April 18, 2023

Price: $39.95



Concepts, conversation, collaboration—vocabulary instruction is so much more than lists of words.

More is more when it comes to students’ vocabulary knowledge, and in The Vocabulary Playbook, educators in K-12 get ideas for transforming all children into curious, capable word learners. The key? Put away the word-list mindset, and embrace active modeling, peer work, and independent practice.

Five modules offer direct instruction and effective routines that show how to:

  • Select and teach only the most high-utility, transferable words that are ripe for discussion
  • Use direct instruction to model word-solving in each content area
  • Teach morphology in ways that invite students to apply understandings in reading, writing, talk, and listening
  • Turn academic word-learning into a relevant experience with peer collaboration activities
  • Create a culture of word consciousness by emphasizing concepts, modeling curiosity, and offering “low-risk” routines that make it okay to not yet know

Intentional vocabulary instruction is critical in every grade, and in every content area. With The Vocabulary Playbook, your approach is now tactical, transparent, and fun. Whether you are an administrator executing a school-wide plan or a teacher eager for practical strategies, this is the book that will help students build academic success—word by word.



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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association William S. Grey citation of merit and an Exemplary Leader award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE. He has published numerous articles on teaching and learning as well as books such as The Teacher Clarity Playbook, PLC+, Visible Learning for Literacy, Comprehension: The Skill, Will, and Thrill of Reading, How Tutoring Works, and How Learning Works. Doug loves being an educator and hopes to share that passion with others.

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Nancy Frey

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a Professor in Educational Leadership at San Diego State and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. She is a member of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel. Her published titles include Visible Learning in Literacy, This Is Balanced Literacy, Removing Labels, and Rebound. Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California and learns from teachers and students every day.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Module 1: Make It Intentional: A Framework for Vocabulary Instruction

Module 2: Make It Transparent: How to Use Direct Instruction and Model Word Solving

Module 3 Make It Transferrable: How to Harness the Power of Morphology

Module 4: Make It Useable: How to Build Academic Vocabulary Through Peer Collaboration

Module 5: Make It Personal: How to Promote Independence and Word Consciousness Among Students

Module 6: Make Sure They Know: Assessing Word Knowledge



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