Now Online: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary

In her new flipchart, Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, veteran educator and literacy expert Janet Allen deepens your understanding of effective vocabulary instruction and helps you meet the specific needs of your students and learning goals, as well as the demands of rigorous texts and high-stakes assessments.

Following the same practical format as Janet’s best-selling Tools for Teaching Content Literacy and More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy, this practical resource presents twenty instructional practices that address the four components of effective vocabulary instruction: Providing Rich and Varied Language Experiences, Teaching Individual Words, Teaching Word-Learning Strategies, and Fostering Word Consciousness.

Printable organizers, forms, and charts linked to each tool make it easy to implement the strategies in any classroom.

By adopting the practices in Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, you’ll see improvements in your students’ writing and speaking, and ensure that all students experience the power of knowing and choosing the right word for any task.

Preview and download four tools now!

Add comment September 26th, 2014

Now Online: Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms

Do you have students who need extra support and practice in comprehending complex texts, communicating complex ideas, or engaging in authentic conversations about content?

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms presents a research-based framework for teaching academic language and disciplinary literacy. Authors Jeff Zwiers (Academic Conversations), Susan O’Hara, and Robert Pritchard show you how to design lessons for comprehending complex texts, fortifying complex output, and fostering academic interactions—three key practices that have the most impact on developing skills needed to meet the Common Core and other standards.

With particular attention to academic English learners, the authors identify three components of strategic lesson design as the foundation of language teaching across grade levels and disciplines. They give you practical ways to clarify, model, and guide students in the use of complex language. Four sets of annotated lessons spanning grades 2-11 support each of the key practices.

Common Core Standards in Diverse Classrooms shows you how to teach students to use complex forms of academic language, synthesize ideas, and communicate them in purposeful ways. You can preview the entire book online now!

Add comment March 24th, 2014

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