Teachers are intuitively aware of the connection between academic vocabulary and reading comprehension. Unfortunately, despite what we know about active instruction of vocabulary that will be retained by our students, teachers often assign vocabulary but rarely teach it well. The results are akin to a salesman who says about his product, 'I sold it, but they didn't buy it.' Greenwood provides teachers with the hows and whys of effective vocabulary instruction, through the use of visual organizers, user-friendly appendixes, classroom vignettes, and simple, clear language, encouraging professionals to truly engage their pupils.
Scott C. Greenwood is an associate professor of literacy at West Chester University and has served as a secondary English teacher, a middle school developmental reading teacher, an elementary reading specialist, and a KD12 supervisor of language arts.
Chapter 1 Why This Book? Chapter 2 What Works: Principles of Sound Vocabulary Instruction Chapter 3 What's to Come: Indirect, Direct, General, and Specific Methodologies Chapter 4 Vocabulary and Narrative Texts Chapter 5 Teaching Vocabulary in the Content Areas Chapter 6 Vocabulary and Writing Chapter 7 Structural Analysis and Word Parts Chapter 8 Using Dictionaries and Other Tools of Reference Chapter 9 Serendipity Chapter 10 The Assessment of Vocabulary, Including Test Preparation