Word Nerds

Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary
Author: Brenda J. Overturf,Leslie H. Montgomery,Margot Holmes Smith
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571109544
Category: Education
Page: 176
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Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology. Along the way, they turn every student into a lover of language. With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, Leslie and Margot have developed a five-part plan--introducing new words in context, adding related synonyms and antonyms, engaging students in several days of active learning, celebrating new words, and assessing vocabulary development--that teaches all students to learn and love vocabulary. This easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach, and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. Forget copying definitions from the dictionary and completing boring worksheets! Word mastery comes from intimate knowledge of language. From prediction to practice to performance, students from all backgrounds can discover how to make words their own. After incorporating Leslie's and Margot's vocabulary plan into your daily instruction, you and your students can become word nerds, too!

Vocabularians

Integrated Word Study in the Middle Grades
Author: Brenda J. Overturf
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 9781625310163
Category: Education
Page: N.A
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Vocabulary Games for the Classroom


Author: Lindsay Carleton,Robert Marzano
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
ISBN: 1935543113
Category: Education
Page: 232
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Make direct vocabulary instruction fun and successful with this simple, straightforward, and easy-to-use book. Hundreds of critical vocabulary terms handpicked by Dr. Marzano cover four content areas and all grade levels. Each game identifies the appropriate grade level and subject area, as well as whether or not the students should already be familiar with the vocabulary.

Teaching the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards

Strategies and Digital Tools
Author: Kristen Swanson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317801342
Category: Education
Page: 176
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Discover how to integrate the Common Core speaking and listening standards into any grade level or content area with the specific instructional frameworks in this user-friendly guide. Learn how to give your students the skills and experiences they need to become successful communicators in the 21st Century! The frameworks are enhanced with a thorough, easy-to-understand explanation of the Common Core State Standards authentic classroom examples from multiple grade levels and subjects rubrics and assessment options Speaking and listening in the digital age requires proficient use of digital tools—this must-have resource gives you practical ideas and directions to integrate powerful technology tools seamlessly into your instruction.

Creating Robust Vocabulary

Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples
Author: Isabel L. Beck,Margaret G. McKeown,Linda Kucan
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1606237845
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 186
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Bringing Words to Life has enlivened the classrooms of hundreds of thousands of teachers. Responding to readers' success stories, practical questions, and requests for extended examples, this ideal volume builds on the groundbreaking work of Bringing Words to Life. The authors present additional tools, tips, and detailed explanations of such questions as which words to teach, when and how to teach them, and how to adapt instruction for English language learners. They provide specific instructional sequences, including assessments, for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, as well as interactive lesson planning resources. Invaluable appendices feature engaging classroom activities and a comprehensive list of children's books and stories with suggested vocabulary for study. See also the authors' Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction, the authoritative guide to research-based vocabulary instruction, as well as Making Sense of Phonics, Second Edition: The Hows and Whys, by Isabel L. Beck and Mark E. Beck, an invaluable resource for K-3.

Making Words Stick

Strategies that Build Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension in the Elementary Grades
Author: Kellie Buis
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited
ISBN: 1551381745
Category: Education
Page: 157
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Making Words Stick shows you how to move beyond spelling lists and rote memorization to make words both meaningful and memorable for all your students. It builds on the connection between vocabulary and comprehension and guides teachers in their most important task— building a strong literacy foundation. Full of efficient, effective, and engaging strategies, this useful guide explores innovative ways to organize vocabulary instruction in the grade 1 to 8 classroom. It demonstrates how to: create a positive, student–centered environment for the concept-based, multi-layered learning of words; teach vocabulary during shared reading, guided reading, and independent center time; incorporate visual displays of read aloud/picture study vocabulary to develop important conceptual knowledge; introduce think-and-search prompts and stretch charts to expand word knowledge during shared reading; build reading and writing independence with a wealth of fun small-group, and word-play challenges. From the role of semantics and syntax to original classroom-tested activities, this imaginative guide helps you give your students the lifelong gift of words and language.

The Next Step in Vocabulary Instruction

Practical Strategies and Engaging Activities That Help All Learners Build Vocabulary and Deepen Comprehension
Author: Karen Bromley
Publisher: Teaching Resources
ISBN: 9780545321143
Category: Education
Page: 144
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Innovative vocabulary-building strategies!

Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground


Author: John D. Williams
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0871407744
Category: Games & Activities
Page: 256
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In this zany, one-of-a-kind memoir, former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association John D. Williams Jr. brings to life the obsessions, madness, and glory of the SCRABBLE® culture—from living-room players to world champions. Beginning his career on a lark as a freelance contributor to SCRABBLE News, John D. Williams fell down a rabbit hole inhabited by gamers, geeks, and the grammar police. For twenty-five years, as the executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association, Williams served as the official spokesperson for the game, and as the middleman between legions of fanatical word-game fans and the official brand. Now Word Nerd takes readers inside the byzantine, dog-eat-dog world of top tournament players, creating a piquant (seven-letter word, 68 points!) work that is part pop-cultural history, part anthropological study. Indeed, what Christopher Guest did for the world of dog shows in his film Best in Show, Williams does for the world of competitive word games in this funny and perfectly observed memoir. As readers will discover, Word Nerd explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring SCRABBLE plays of all time, the birth of the World SCRABBLE Championship, as well as many of the more colorful figures that inhabit this subculture. Die-hard word fans will find invaluable tips on how top players see their boards and racks to come up with the best play, how they prepare, and the psychology of tournament competition. Those uninitiated in the mysteries of SCRABBLE mania will find a delightful, madcap memoir about all the fun people have with language and how words shape our lives and culture in unexpected ways. Whether reminiscing about past national champions, detailing the controversy over efforts to purge the Official SCRABBLE Players Dictionary of all offensive words, opining on the number of vowelless words that are allowable (cmw for a Welsh deep-walled basin or nth for the ultimate degree), noting how long it takes a word to get into a dictionary, or explaining why there remain more male than female champions, Williams crafts a loving tribute to words and the games people play with them. Word Nerd will fascinate both amateurs and seasoned experts alike.

Word Nerd


Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Tundra Books
ISBN: 9781770490758
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 256
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Twelve-year-old Ambrose is a glass-half-full kind of guy. A self-described “friendless nerd,” he moves from place to place every couple of years with his overprotective mother, Irene. When some bullies at his new school almost kill him by slipping a peanut into his sandwich — even though they know he has a deathly allergy — Ambrose is philosophical. Irene, however, is not and decides that Ambrose will be home-schooled. Alone in the evenings when Irene goes to work, Ambrose pesters Cosmo, the twenty-five-year-old son of the Greek landlords who live upstairs. Cosmo has just been released from jail for breaking and entering to support a drug habit. Quite by accident, Ambrose discovers that they share a love of Scrabble and coerces Cosmo into taking him to the West Side Scrabble Club, where Cosmo falls for Amanda, the club director. Posing as Ambrose’s Big Brother to impress her, Cosmo is motivated to take Ambrose to the weekly meetings and to give him lessons in self-defense. Cosmo, Amanda, and Ambrose soon form an unlikely alliance and, for the first time in his life, Ambrose blossoms. The characters at the Scrabble Club come to embrace Ambrose for who he is and for their shared love of words. There’s only one problem: Irene has no idea what Ambrose is up to. In this brilliantly observed novel, author Susin Nielsen transports the reader to the world of competitive Scrabble as seen from the honest yet funny viewpoint of a boy who’s searching for acceptance and for a place to call home. From the Hardcover edition.

Teaching Vocabulary

Strategies and Techniques
Author: I. S. P. Nation
Publisher: HEINLE CENGAGE LEARNING
ISBN: 9781424005659
Category: Education
Page: 222
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1. The Big Picture 2. Vocabulary and Listening 3. Vocabulary and Speaking 4. Vocabulary Learning and Intensive Reading 5. Vocabulary Learning Through Extensive Reading 6. Vocabulary and Writing 7. The Deliberate Teaching and Learning of Vocabulary 8. Specialized Vocabulary 9. Testing Vocabulary Knowledge 10. Planning the Vocabulary of a Language Course.

Word Nerd

More Than 18,000 Fascinating Facts about Words
Author: Barbara Ann Kipfer
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402248466
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 578
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Are You a Word Nerd? Did you know... --Only a human (not an animal or thing) is "able" to do something --The five on dice is called cinque --"K" for strike-out in baseball comes from the last letter of "struck" --To skice is to frisk about like squirrels in spring For word lovers everywhere, Word Nerd is a rich-and fun-compendium of more than 17,000 fascinating facts about words. Bestselling author Barbara Anne Kipfer has spent years compiling little known tidbits about common-and not so common-words in the English language. Filled with interesting information about words, sure to amaze and spark conversation, this incredible collection is perfect for the word nerd in each of us.

So what Do They Really Know?

Assessment that Informs Teaching and Learning
Author: Cris Tovani
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
ISBN: 1571107304
Category: Education
Page: 165
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In So What Do They Really Know? Cris Tovani explores the complex issue of monitoring, assessing, and grading students' thinking and performance with fairness and fidelity. Like all teachers, Cris struggles to balance her student-centered instruction with school system mandates. Her recommendations are realistic and practical; she understands that what isn't manageable isn't sustainable. Cris describes the systems and structure she uses in her own classroom and shows teachers how to use assessments to monitor student growth and provide targeted feedback that enables students to master content goals. She also shares ways to bring students into the assessment cycle so they can monitor their own learning, maximizing motivation and engagement. So What Do They Really Know? includes a wealth of information: Lessons from Cris's classroom Templates showing how teachers can use the workshop model to assess and differentiate instruction Student work, including samples from linguistically diverse learners, struggling readers, and college-bound seniors Anchor charts of student thinking Ideas on how to give feedback Guidelines that explain how conferring is different from monitoring Suggestions for assessing learning and differentiating instruction during conferences Advice for managing ongoing assessment Cris's willingness to share her own struggles continues to be a hallmark of her work. Teachers will recognize their own students and the challenges they face as they join Cris on the journey to figure out how to raise student achievement.

101 Strategies to Make Academic Vocabulary Stick


Author: Marilee Sprenger
Publisher: ASCD
ISBN: 1416623108
Category: Education
Page: 106
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Veteran educator Marilee Sprenger explains how to teach the essential, high-frequency words that appear in academic contexts--and reverse the disadvantages of what she calls "word poverty." Drawing on research and experience, Sprenger provides a rich array of engaging strategies to help educators across all content areas and grade levels not only teach students a large quantity of words but also ensure that they know these words well. You'll find * An overview of how the brain learns and retains new words, including the three stages of building long-term memories: encoding, storage, and retrieval. * Encoding strategies to introduce words in novel ways and jump-start the memory process. * Rehearsal strategies to help students put words into long-term storage. * Review strategies to help students strengthen their retrieval skills and gain the automaticity needed for reading comprehension. * Ways to address planning and assessment as crucial, intersecting supports of a robust vocabulary program. This comprehensive resource has everything you need to help your students profoundly expand their vocabulary, enabling them to speak, read, and write with greater understanding and confidence.

How to Teach Academic Vocabulary


Author: Sharon Faber
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780865302495
Category: Education
Page: 175
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How to Teach Academic Vocabulary presents relevant research on best practices, literacy, and brain-based learning; outlines more than 50 easy-to-use, practical vocabulary strategies to increase students' academic achievement; and suggests ways to present the strategies to students. Help your students become self-sufficient learners with the ideas in this book. Sharon Faber is an internationally recognized consultant with more than 30 years of experience as a teacher, building and central office administrator, university professor, and staff-development trainer. During her years in education, she has taught almost every grade level, and she has been a principal, assistant principal, English and Reading Supervisor, Director of Leadership Training, and Middle-School Facilitator. She was a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Belmont Abbey College.

Phonics Through Poetry


Author: Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz
Publisher: Good Year Books
ISBN: 1596470194
Category: Education
Page: 270
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Use the rhythm and rhyme of fun poetry to teach phonics! These collections are meant to be read aloud so that choldren hear a particular language sound again and again, in word after word, all within an enticing and meaningful context. For each poem there are word lists, hands-on activities, and unique Focusing Talk activities that help teachers model vocabulary in conversations with children.

Making Curriculum Pop

Developing Literacies in All Content Areas
Author: Pam Goble,Ryan R. Goble
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
ISBN: 1631980629
Category: Education
Page: 224
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From body art to baseball cards, comics to cathedrals, pie charts to power ballads . . . students need help navigating today’s media-rich world. And educators need help teaching today’s new media literacy. To be literate now means being able to read, write, listen, speak, view, and represent across all media—including both print and nonprint texts, such as film, TV, podcasts, websites, visual art, fashion, architecture, landscape, and music. This book offers secondary teachers in all content areas a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to integrate these literacies into their curriculum. Students form cooperative learning groups to evaluate media texts from various perspectives (artist, producer, sociologist, sound mixer, economist, poet, set designer, and more) and show their thinking using unique graphic organizers aligned to the Common Core State Standards

What Really Matters in Vocabulary

Research-based Practices Across the Curriculum
Author: Patricia M. Cunningham
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780133124453
Category: Education
Page: 246
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Pat Cunningham's What Really Matters in Vocabulary, 2/e will help teachers increase the number of words students know meanings for–as well as the depth of meanings for those words–as a day-in, day-out, across-the-school-day priority. In it, teachers see how to make vocabulary come to life in the classroom and across the curriculum while discovering that what really matters is building bigger vocabularies to make all students better readers, including non-native English speakers and children who live in economic poverty.

Closer Reading, Grades 3-6

Better Prep, Smarter Lessons, Deeper Comprehension
Author: Nancy Boyles
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 148330440X
Category: Education
Page: 224
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Close . . . Closer . . . Closest! Close Reading. Not in a very long while has a term been freighted with so much responsibility to lead every student to a great future of college and career readiness. Finally, here’s a book that tunes out all of the hubbub and gets down to the business of showing how exactly to “get close reading right.” Chapter by chapter, Nancy Boyles delivers astoundingly practical ideas on how to Connect close reading with other instructional practices Select rich texts and plan for initial close reading lessons Deliver initial and follow-up close reading lessons Coordinate comprehension strategies and close reading

The Straight-A Conspiracy

Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World
Author: Hunter Maats,Katie O'Brien
Publisher: 368 Press
ISBN: 0985898852
Category: Education
Page: 336
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What if the only reason you aren't doing well in school is that you've been lied to about your own brain? For centuries, students worldwide have been tricked into making school more difficult, more stressful, and less successful than it needs to be. In reality, you already have the ability to make anything that you do in school easy. From writing essays to mastering any math concept to acing even your most difficult final exam, The Straight-A Conspiracy takes you through the simple, stress-free ways to conquer any class in school. The truth about straight-A's has been kept from you. It's time you knew about The Straight-A Conspiracy.

Amazing Hands-On Literature Projects for Secondary Students


Author: Deirdre Godin
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1934338761
Category: Education
Page: 115
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"At last! Product-based assessments designed for secondary students! Here's all you need to make literature response engaging, fun, and thoughtful! Twelve comprehensive project ideas, step-by-step directions, templates, photos, and assessment rubrics give middle and high school teachers a ready-to-go resource for creating Amazing Hands-on Literature Projects for Secondary Students. By applying core standards and different levels of critical thinking to assignments, you'll create learners who read, analyze, and synthesize while using multiple intelligences and different forms of writing to comprehend and respond to text. From assignment design to project grading, author and high school English teacher Deirdre Godin keeps student choice and differentiated instruction at the core to engage learners like never before. Included CD provides reproducibles and color photos for all projects."