Bringing Words to Life - Robust vocabular Instruction (paperback)
Bringing Words to Life
Robust Vocabulary Instruction
By: Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
From the publisher:
Exciting and engaging vocabulary instruction can set students on the path to a lifelong fascination with words. This book provides a research-based framework and practical strategies for vocabulary development with children from the earliest grades through high school. The authors emphasize instruction that offers rich information about words and their uses and enhances students' language comprehension and production. Teachers are guided in selecting words for instruction; developing student-friendly explanations of new words; creating meaningful learning activities; and getting students involved in thinking about, using, and noticing new words both within and outside the classroom. Many concrete examples, sample classroom dialogues, and exercises for teachers bring the material to life. Helpful appendices include suggestions for trade books that help children enlarge their vocabulary and/or have fun with different aspects of words.
Table of Contents
- Rationale for Robust Vocabulary Instruction
- Choosing Words to Teach
- Introducing Vocabulary
- Developing Vocabulary in the Earliest Grades
- Developing Vocabulary in the Later Grades
- Making the Most of Natural Contexts
- Enriching the Verbal Environment
- A. Text Talk Books and Vocabulary Words.
- B. Books for a Lively Verbal Environment.
About the Authors
Isabel L. Beck, PhD, is Professor of Education in the School of Education and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, both at the University of Pittsburgh.
Margaret G. McKeown, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh.
Linda Kucan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Language, Reading, and Exceptionalities in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University.
"This little book is a gem. It shows how teachers can teach word meanings so powerfully that students of all ages will be able to grasp an author's meaning or communicate their own more effectively. The book offers a well-organized and first-rate plan for teaching vocabulary, presented by a team of researchers with a genuine grasp of the practical."
-Timothy Shanahan, PhD, Center for Literacy, University of Illinois at Chicago
"This book succinctly addresses the challenges of teaching and developing vocabulary, providing research-based, clearly-spelled- out strategies and many, many rich examples. It gives teachers the tools they need to effectively increase students' vocabularies. Reflecting the authors' own expertise with words, the book is written clearly enough for undergraduates, yet has a level of depth that will lend new insights to even the most advanced student of language and literacy. This book should be required reading in teacher and reading specialist preparation programs and should be used in in-service programs with reading, language arts, and English teachers as well as with content area teachers. If the strategies and suggestions offered in this book were widely and intensely implemented, we would see significant increases in students' verbal abilities and reading comprehension scores."
-John J. Pikulski, PhD, School of Education, University of Delaware
"Bringing Words to Life lives up to its title. It made me want to gather a group of kids immediately, so I could start putting these sensible, practical, novel, and intriguing ideas about building vocabulary into practice. Beck, McKeown, and Kucan show how much fun learning words and teaching words can be. Every early childhood and elementary teacher should have this book on their bedside table for inspirational reading."
-Catherine E. Snow, PhD, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
"Vocabulary is the bedrock supporting academic language proficiency. Without any doubt, speech-language pathologists recognize the critical importance of vocabulary learning for children and adolescents struggling with language and literacy learning. The challenge is how we can better support genuine vocabulary learning so that struggling students will be better positioned to meet the new reading and writing standards. This book offers speech-language pathologists a strong conceptual framework and evidence-based strategies for achieving the goal of functional vocabulary learning. The rich and detailed strategies are presented in a highly readable way. This accessibility allows the creative speech-language clinician to find many ideas that can easily be adapted into meaningful strategies for boosting the authentic word knowledge that most students with language learning disabilities urgently need for attaining academic language proficiency."
-Elaine R. Silliman, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida