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Word Study That Sticks
Best Practices, K-6



October 2018 | 288 pages | Corwin

“Pamela Koutrakos breaks it down for the novice and streamlines word study for the old pro. – Jeff Anderson, author of Patterns of Power

Take word learning to the next level in your classroom

Hungry for lively and engaging ways to augment word study? Looking for ways to empower your students and give voice to their ideas? In Word Study That Sticks, teacher and literacy consultant Pamela Koutrakos provides a step-by-step approach that makes word learning jubilant and fun – and encourages students to take ownership of word learning.

This hands-on guide connects research with experience to deliver challenging, discovery-based instructional practices that can support all learners in any subject area. You’ll learn how to

  • Set up the physical classroom, prioritize materials, and launch activities
  • Instill curiosity and a self-starting attitude toward vocabulary development
  • Devise routines that highlight phonemic awareness, phonics, meaning, and spelling
  • Differentiate and personalize word study activities
  • Embed word study into all content areas for transfer of learning  

Word Study That Sticks can be used alone or in conjunction with another program to help you take word learning to the next level. Lesson ideas, word study routines, charts, photos, key practices, and special advice for beginning teachers make word study instruction accessible for educators working at every experience level.

 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction: Word Study Now
Word Study for a New Generation  
How to Use This Book With Other Programs or as Your Sole Resource  
Preview of the Three Parts  
Preview of Features  
 
PART I: CURIOUS, CREATIVE WORD STUDY
 
CHAPTER 1. What Is Word Study?
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Word Study Is a Verb, Not a Noun  
Word Study Invites Inquiry  
 
CHAPTER 2. Start It Up! Finding Time and Resources
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Spending Time Exploring Words  
Setting Up Structures  
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
 
CHAPTER 3. Launching a Year of Lively Learning
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Lessons That Introduce the World of Word Study  
Introducing Routines Memorably  
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Launch Lessons: Introducing Routines  
 
CHAPTER 4. Assessment: A Less-Is-More Approach to Seeing Next Steps
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Expanding Our Repertoire: Rethinking Assessment Options  
 
PART II: FOSTERING ENGAGEMENT AND INDEPENDENCE
 
CHAPTER 5. The Value of Choice and Protocols That Support It
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Empowering Students: Lessons and Routines That Offer Student Choice  
 
CHAPTER 6. Power Practices: Next-Level Word Exploring
Choices in Word Study Routines: Lessons to Bolster Engaged Word Learning  
 
CHAPTER 7. Supporting Students: Routines for Meaningful Differentiation
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Providing Purposeful Small-Group Instruction  
Building a Culture and Curriculum of Talk  
 
CHAPTER 8. Releasing Responsibility: Goal Setting, Reflection, and Celebration
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Ideas for Reflection and Celebration  
A Tour of Word Study in Action: 20 Minutes of Focused Fun and Teaching Language  
 
PART III: TEACHING FOR TRANSFER
 
CHAPTER 9. Connecting the Dots: Word Study in Reading and Writing
WHAT, WHY, WHEN  
Infusing Word Study Into Reading  
Word Study in Writing  
 
CHAPTER 10. Sealing the Deal With Word Learning in the Content Areas
Word Study in Math  
Word Study in Social Studies and Science  
More Options to Encourage Transfer of Word Learning  
A Tour of Word Study in Action: A Sneak Peek of Content Area Word Learning  
 
Conclusion: Word Power!
 
Appendices
Appendix A: Go-To Resources  
Appendix B: Spelling Inventories  
Appendix C: Word-Rich Books Across the Grades  
Appendix D: Quotes About Words  
Appendix E: Expanded Sample Word Study Schedules  
Appendix F: Sample Checklists  
 
References
 
Index

Pam's passion for engaging children in purposeful, thoughtful, and joyful word study exudes in Word Study That Sticks. The framework she posits is elegant yet practical in daily teaching within a workshop structure. The lessons, grounded in research that supports the urgency of word study for our learners, convey a clear vision for developing a culture of word learning, exploration for words, active engagement, and positive, student-centered word study. These lessons will lead learners to powerful, joyful, and exciting word etymology that fosters student choice and celebration of words, covering phonemic awareness, phonics, meaning, spelling, and high-frequency work -- all facets of word study. A thoughtful and visual format provides educators with lessons and clear examples to develop thoughtful word study in the classroom now. The framework presents real time challenges faced by schools and districts with honest and considerate 'workarounds.' This is the exact approach to word study that our children need and deserve!

Deirdre Spollen-LaRaia, EdD, Principal
West Brook Middle School, Paramus, NJ

When reading Word Study That Sticks, you feel as though Pam has stepped inside your classroom and is with you each step of the way, cheering you on. She understands your word study concerns and provides you with an abundance of options that are responsive to your students' right-now needs which you can immediately use. As I was reading, I could envision my teachers flipping over the ready-made word study charts and lessons that Pam Makes available. These charts are teacher friendly, but more importantly, they also help your students to become independent word experts in a flash! Creating students who lift the level of their vocabularies, reading, and writing.

Yvonne Mortello, K-5 Literacy Coach and Primary Grade Educator
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