Vocabulary Handbook

Authors: Linda Diamond, Linda Gutlohn

Format: Layflat, 232 pages, 8.0 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781557669285
Price: $34.95

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Revised and updated reprint includes appendices now available for download online.

For the first time ever, teachers have one reference that clearly combines vocabulary research with the nuts and bolts of explicit instruction—instruction that is critical to improving students' reading comprehension and overall academic achievement.

Educators and reading specialists from elementary to high school will get in-depth, ready-to-use guidance on the three main elements of high quality vocabulary instruction: specific word instruction, independent word-learning strategies, and word consciousness. For each of these elements, four sections give teachers the what, the why, the when, and the how:

  • What. Teachers will get a concise explanation of each element of vocabulary instruction.
  • Why. A summary of scientifically based research (aligned with Reading First requirements) helps educators understand exactly why each component matters.
  • When. Teachers will get succinct guidelines on when to introduce each element of vocabulary instruction, assess students' skills, and begin intervention.
  • How. Detailed sample lesson models—complete with step-by-step instructions and explicit "what to say" scripts—make it easy to teach students new vocabulary strategies and reinforce them with guided, collaborative, and independent practice.

The book includes helpful graphics, definitions, tips for teaching English language learners, and simple charts that make the strategies immediately understandable and useful.

And the Resources section gives teachers photocopiable supplements to use with the lessons: short sample texts that introduce new words, activity worksheets that reinforce skills, and charts that summarize key concepts and strategies.

Part textbook, part practical handbook, this must-have resource from the trusted Consortium on Reading Excellence (CORE) will help every literacy teacher understand key research on vocabulary instruction, put best practices to work in any classroom, and improve the reading achievement of all students.

(Distributed for CORE, Berkeley, CA.)


Review by: Amy Evers, Graduate student in Language and Literacy Education, University of Georgia; Reviewed in Education Review-Brief Reviews
"The authors artfully extend current reading research into meaningful classroom practice...It provides a wealth of research-based instructional resources specifically designed to support vocabulary acquisition and development...Overall, the Vocabulary Handbook is a worthwhile purchase."

Table of Contents

Forms of Vocabulary
Extent of Word Knowledge
Vocabulary Size
The Vocabulary Gap
Links Between Vocabulary and Comprehension
Components of Vocabulary Instruction
Instruction for English-Language Learners (ELLs)

Chapter 1. Specific Word Instruction

WHAT? Specific Word Instruction

Selecting Words to Teach
Rich and Robust Instruction

WHY? Specific Word Instruction
WHEN? Specific Word Instruction
HOW? Specific Word Instruction

> Lesson Models for Contextualized Vocabulary
Text Talk: Real-Aloud Method
Method for Independently Read Text
> Lesson Model for Basic Vocabulary
Introducting Function Words
> Lesson Models for Word Relationships
Concept Picture Sort
Semantic Map
Semantic Feature Analysis
Possible Sentences
Word Map
> Lesson Model for Word-Meaning Recall
Keyword Method

Chapter 2. Word-Learning Strategies

WHAT? Word-Learning Strategies

Dictionary Use
Morphemic Analysis
Cognate Awareness
Contextual Analysis
Combined Morphemic and Contextual Analysis

WHY? Word-Learning Strategies
WHEN? Word-Learning Strategies
HOW? Word-Learning Strategies

> Lesson Models for Dictionary Use
Using the Dictionary
PAVE Procedure
Concept of Definition Map
> Lesson Models for Morphemic Analysis
Compound Words
Word Families
Word-Part Clues: Prefixes
Word-Part Clues: Suffixes
Word-Part Clues: Roots
> Lesson Models for Contextual Analysis
Context Clues
Introducing Types of Context Clues
Applying Types of Context Clues
> Lesson Models for Combined Morphemic & Contextual Analysis
Introducing The Vocabulary Strategy
Practicing The Vocabulary Strategy
Chapter 3. Word Consciousness

WHAT? Word Consciousness
Adept Diction
Word Play
Word Histories and Origins
WHY? Word Consciousness
HOW? Word Consciousness
> Lesson Models for Word Consciousness
Animal Idioms
PAVE Procedure
Latin and Greek Number Words
Antonym Scales
Web Word Web
Five-Senses Simile Web
Poetry as Word Play
Vocabulary Hotshot Notebook
  • Sample Texts
  • Activity Masters
  • Teaching Charts

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