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Nourishing Vocabulary

Nourishing Vocabulary
Balancing Words and Learning

May 2008 | 216 pages | Corwin
Nurture children's intellectual growth with meaningful ideas and rich language experiences! This unique book emphasizes the importance of supporting students' academic development with targeted vocabulary instruction that includes a wide range of language forms and words.

The authors provide sound theory and practical techniques to help teachers bridge the achievement gap by strengthening vocabulary, deepening literacy skills, and raising performance levels for all children.

This rich resource includes specific strategies for:

- Vocabulary acquisition

- Read alouds and independent reading

- Decoding unknown words

- Helping students distinguish between language patterns at home and at school

Foreword by Donald Bear
About the Authors
1. An Overview of the Vocabulary Pyramid
2. The Nature of Word Learning
3. Developing an Overall Vocabulary Plan
4. Planning Instruction for Primary Students
5. Planning Instruction for Upper Elementary Students
6. Planning Instruction for Secondary Students
7. Differentiating Instruction for English Learners and Students With Special Needs
8. Vocabulary Assessment and Evaluation
9. Programmatic Change
Appendix A: Reference Materials for Teaching English
Appendix B: Reproducible Materials

"Provides effective, doable strategies to promote vocabulary development. The variet of activities and strategies gives students, especially English Language Learners, balanced vocabulary instruction."

Patricia Preut, Reading Specialist and Educational Consultant
Mt. Diablo Unified School District, CA

"The materials will guide administrators and district personnel in making schoolwide/districtwide reforms that benefit students and support teachers."

Grace Maes, Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach
Mt. Diablo Unified School District, CA
Key features
    • Speaks to a critical but "sleeper" factor in the achievement gap
    • Provides perfect theory to practical balance for classroom application
    • Will enrich practice for teachers alone or literacy coaches and groups
    • Steps to raise vocabulary and achievement in vocabulary deprived subgroups

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