Publication Date: May 19, 2013
Vocabulary forms a relentless divide between children who succeed and those who do not. This divide is often between poor children and their privileged counterparts. Without vocabulary knowledge, children cannot interpret text meaningfully or respond in ways that enable them to fully participate in classroom discussions.
All About Words is a practical guide designed to help early childhood teachers take advantage of the unique opportunity provided by the Common Core State Standards. It offers strategies for planning and presenting vocabulary instruction and for monitoring children’s word learning progress, along with helpful appendices that provide specific guidance on which words to teach. Each chapter includes ideas to support home-school connections, recognizing the important role parents play in children’s vocabulary development. Throughout, the authors encourage readers to examine day-to-day classroom issues, making it an ideal resource for professional development.
Susan B. Neuman is a professor at the University of Michigan and New York University, and has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. Her books include Changing the Odds for Children at Risk and Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance. Tanya S. Wright is an assistant professor in the department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University.
“Clearly illustrates how teachers can narrow the achievement gap and, at the same time, address the Common Core State Standards in developmentally appropriate ways.”
—Sue Bredekamp, Early Childhood Education Specialist
“Provides both a research-based consideration of the vocabulary teaching problem and lots of practical insights into how to teach.”
—From the Foreword by Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago