Vocabulary in Action Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers by Gay Fawcett


Vocabulary in Action Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers by Gay Fawcett

This book will take you into the classrooms of great literacy teachers from around the United States who have designed successful vocabulary instruction for their grades K-6 classrooms. Each teacher will share vocabulary routines that he or she uses on a regular basis, including his or her favorite, which you can use as-is or adapt for your own classroom. Through their stories you will be encouraged to examine your vocabulary instruction and consider what you can do to help students who have vocabulary gaps and further enrich the vocabulary of those students who don't.


Fawcett takes readers into the classrooms of exemplary teachers, providing a glimpse of research-based vocabulary instruction in action. There is no shortage of books on strategies for teaching vocabulary. This book is unique in that it goes beyond the how-to's and focuses on the story of what the strategy looks like when enacted in a real classroom. Each chapter begins with contextual information about the teacher, the students, and the strategy. Then, through the use of actual classroom dialogue and student work samples, the strategy comes to life for the reader. This window onto the on-the-spot decision making of a master teacher can be particularly valuable for pre-service and beginning teachers in helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Fawcett has over 30 years

's expertise has resulted in a teacher-friendly resource that is firmly rooted in research-based best practice. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. CHOICE What makes this book special is that it focuses on classroom teachers who are walking the walk. Educators know that vocabulary development is essential for reading comprehension. This book provides teacher-friendly, tried and true vocabulary strategies that will work with all students... which is exactly what every child deserves. -- Tammi Bender, Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Principal In pragmatic and comprehensible ways, Fawcett's book quickly gets to the heart of the matter: vocabulary acquisition requires meaningful interactions with language. A quick and powerful teaching resource, these effective practices featured from across the country encourage readers to take simple routines and introduce them into practice for a positive impact on student learning! -- Beth Anne Clark-Thomas, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Malone University, Canton, Ohio Thanks to Gay Fawcett for assembling this outstanding cast of educators who share her passion for helping children learn to read. The result is a delightful menu of proven techniques that make vocabulary development exciting and fun. As a poet, I kept nodding yes! over the use of root words, poetry, songs, oral reading and other great word ideas. This is a must-have book for your classroom! -- David L. Harrison, Poet Laureate, Drury University'

About the Author

Gay Fawcett has been in education for over 38 years as a teacher, principal, curriculum director, and professor. She currently consults and writes in the field of literacy education.

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146 pages


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Publication date

31st August 2012



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