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Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 20: Vocabulary Journals
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
Vocabulary Journals are valuable in helping students explore the meanings of words that they encounter while reading. These journals are a specific type of learning log where students record “their ideas and information from content areas in a notebook and responses” (Popp, 1997, p. 1) about new words that they have learned from reading literature or textbooks. Journals are not notebooks used to record notes. Rather, Vocabulary Journals are used by students to respond and transact with words, concepts, and ideas through the use of their own language. Students select words from their readings that are difficult, novel, or used in different contexts. They use their journals to explore the words' meanings, make connections between ...