This trusted teacher resource and course text provides a comprehensive approach to assessing and building children's word knowledge (grades K-8). Kathy Ganske shows how carefully planned word study can improve students' reading and writing skills while fostering their appreciation of language. Complete instructions are provided for implementing the Developmental Spelling Analysis (DSA), an easy-to-use assessment tool, and for tailoring instruction to learners' strengths and weaknesses. Numerous word lists, student work samples, and "Literature Links" are included, along with 27 reproducible forms. The large-size format facilitates photocopying. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
New to This Edition:
*Addresses the Common Core State Standards.
*Incorporates additional activities and technology tips, plus updated research findings.
*Chapter explaining the meaning of word study and its role in literacy instruction, including "Researcher Voices" perspectives from noted experts.
*Ideas for making the most of small-group instructional time.
*Expanded "Literature Links" book lists, now including informational texts.
*DSA answer sheets have been enhanced for easier scoring and several new reproducibles added.
See also the companion volumes from Ganske, Word Sorts and More, Second Edition: Sound, Pattern, and Meaning Explorations K-3 and Mindful of Words: Spelling and Vocabulary Explorations 4-8, which provide a wealth of ready-to-use word study activities.
Kathy Ganske, PhD, is Research Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University. She has been involved in researching, using, refining, and teaching about word study practices since the 1990s. Dr. Ganske's work is grounded in extensive teaching experience in elementary classrooms. Her current research interests include vocabulary development during small-group word study instruction and literacy reform in challenging schools. Dr. Ganske is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including Word Journeys, Second Edition; Word Sorts and More, Second Edition; Mindful of Words; and Comprehension Across the Curriculum, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.
I. Understanding Word Study Contexts 1. Word Study: Reading, Writing, and Language Connections II. Understanding Children's Word Knowledge 2. A Developmental Perspective 3. Assessing Word Knowledge: The Developmental Spelling Analysis III. Fostering Children's Word Knowledge 4. Planning Appropriate and Engaging Instruction 5. Letter Name Word Study 6. Within Word Pattern Word Study 7. Syllable Juncture Word Study 8. Derivational Constancy Word Study 9. Questions and Answers Appendix 1. Supplemental Word Lists Appendix 2. Reproducible Forms Resources Glossary