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.

Essential Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Essential Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary
Essential strategies for teaching vocabulary

A Brief Overview of Vocabulary Development

The term vocabulary has a range of meanings. For example, some teachers use the term to mean sight-word vocabularies, referring to students' immediate recognition of words in print; other teachers refer to words students understand as their meaning vocabularies. Still other teachers use the term to mean listening vocabularies, or students' understanding of words that they hear in the spoken language. Content teachers use the term academic vocabulary to refer to content-specific words. Within this section, we use the term vocabulary to refer to students' understanding of oral and print words. Vocabularies include conceptual knowledge of words that goes well beyond a simple dictionary definition. Students' vocabulary knowledge is a building ...

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