About this Title
Vocabulary at the Core, the expanded and updated edition of Vocabulary at the Center (© 2009), is the definitive guide for every teacher engaged in helping students learn essential academic vocabulary. In clear, precise language, Benjamin and Crow explain why vocabulary is at the core of all learning and communicating and why word study should play a more significant role in English class and across the curriculum—as emphasized by the Common Core State Standards.
You will learn...
- How words get learned and stay learned.
- Why teachers must emphasize useful academic words.
- Why rote memorization doesn’t work and why students need opportunities for deep processing.
- How and why to teach derivations, collocations, register, idioms, and gender.
- How and why to teach context clues, fluency, and pronunciation.
- The benefits of graphic organizers and word games in the classroom.
Each chapter includes engaging, easy-to-implement classroom applications that are correlated to the Common Core State Standards and will fit seamlessly into your lesson plans.
BONUS! Vocabulary at the Core also provides ideas for formative and summative assessments.
Chapter 1: Vocabulary at the Core
Chapter 2: What Do You Know When You "Know" a Word?
Chapter 3: What Words Do We Teach?
Chapter 4: Receptive vs. Productive Vocabulary
Chapter 5: Brain-Based Vocabulary Learning
Chapter 6: How Words Stay Learned
Chapter 7: Depth of Processing: The Key to Durable Vocabulary Learning
Chapter 8: Guessing from Context
Chapter 9: Assessment
Appendix A: Generic Academic Vocabulary
Appendix B: Latin and Greek Word Components
Appendix C: Shallow vs. Deep Processing
Appendix D: Vocabulary Quizzes
Appendix E: Phrasal Verbs and Their Latinate Counterparts
Appendix F: Model Activity for Vocabulary Expansion: Let's Get Kids Talking About Words
Appendix G: Anchor Activities for Vocabulary Development
Appendix H: Frequency of Occurrence
Appendix I: Correlation to the Common Core
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About the Author
Amy Benjamin, a veteran English teacher, trains educators throughout the country in writing across the curriculum, strategic literacy, and differentiated instruction. She has received awards for excellence in teaching from the New York State English Council, Tufts University, and Union College.
John Crow taught ESL, ESL methodology, applied linguistics, and freshman composition for over thirty years. He now trains educators (Grades 3-12) across the U.S. in brain-based writing techniques.