Publication Date: December 6, 2019
Research shows that vocabulary is the best support for students’ comprehension of narrative and information texts. Often, vocabulary instruction focuses on a few target words in specific texts. However, to understand the many new words in complex texts students need to know how words work. This book, written by an award-winning authority on reading instruction, shows teachers how to make small changes to teach more words and also how words work. Many of these small changes involve enrichments to existing vocabulary practices, such as word walls and conversations with students. Each chapter includes descriptions of teachers’ implementation of small changes to support big gains in students’ vocabulary. This book, which has sufficient depth in research and theory for graduate and undergraduate courses in vocabulary instruction, also offers practical steps that K–8 teachers can use in any reading program to help all students grow their vocabulary.
Teaching Words and How They Work shows teachers how to:
Elfrieda H. Hiebert is president and CEO of TextProject, Inc., recipient of Literacy Research Association’s Oscar S. Causey Award for outstanding contributions to reading research, and coauthor (with P. David Pearson) of Research-Based Practices for Teaching Common Core Literacy.
“This book is a must-read for teachers who want to move their instruction beyond the weekly word list. By integrating small, specific changes, Hiebert helps you develop lasting improvements in your curriculum. She has created a viable process that can make a significant, long-term impact in the vocabulary development of your students without overwhelming you in the process. It should be on every educator’s bookshelf.” —Melanie Kuhn, Jean Adamson Stanley Faculty Chair in Literacy, Purdue University