By Brenda Overturf
How powerful can one word be?
Jacob, a seventh grader, sits staring at a challenging text he has tried to read. He knows the other words in the paragraph but is stuck on a multisyllabic word he has never seen before. Jacob sounds out the word, but because he has also never heard it, it still doesn’t make sense.
Finally, he just gives up and moves on. Yet the one word Jacob doesn’t know holds the key to comprehending the entire passage. Sound familiar? Kids like Jacob occupy many middle level classrooms, and they are not necessarily struggling readers.
Read Brenda’s full article on MiddleWeb
October 6th, 2015
I started reading Vocabularians and could not put it down! Readers are given a glimpse into middle-level classrooms where the best of collaborative, classroom-based research unfolds to reveal what can happen when teachers across disciplines work together to help students increase their word knowledge…this is a book that needs to be a part of every PLC.
Following up on her bestselling book, Word Nerds, veteran middle-level educator Brenda Overturf teams up again with teachers Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith to share an integrated vocabulary program for grades 5-8 in their new book, Vocabularians.
You’ll get a seven-point plan for intentional vocabulary instruction that fits the schedules, developmental needs, and curriculum of the middle grades. You’ll see how to engage students in active learning experiences with words and help all students increase word knowledge.
After implementing this framework, you’ll see students using the words they learn in their own writing and speech, showing what they really know on assessments, and building the confidence needed to take risks with language. 19 engaging activities incorporate meaningful vocabulary practice, and the companion Study Guide (which you can download now) provides chapter summaries, discussion questions, and guidance for PD with a PLC or team of teachers.
Preview the entire book online and watch three short videos featuring Brenda Overturf, students, and teachers across the curriculum who have implemented Vocabularians in their school.
June 16th, 2015