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Infusing Vocabulary Into the Reading-Writing Workshop

  • Title:Infusing Vocabulary Into the Reading-Writing Workshop: A Guide for Teachers in Grades K-8
  • Author:Amy Benjamin
  • Publication Date:January 2017
  • Grade Level:K-8
  • ISBN:9781138126145
  • Publisher:Eye on Education

Learn how to make vocabulary instruction more effective by making better use of mini-lessons and word study time to achieve durable learning about words and how they work. In this essential new book, literacy expert Amy Benjamin presents her 4E model (Exposure, Exploration, Engagement, Energy) for teaching vocabulary so that students gain deep understanding, improving their overall language and literacy skills. Benjamin guides you through bringing these 4Es to life in your K-8 reading-writing workshop.

  • Exposure: Enrich your teacher talk with sophisticated words and phrases to facilitate natural language acquisition and application of new words;
  • Exploration: Promote consistent vocabulary growth with a multifaceted instructional approach that incorporates etymology, word associations, word families, spelling, and morphology;
  • Engagement: Build students’ confidence by encouraging meaningful use of new words, both in and out of the classroom;
  • Energy: Enliven your workshop and increase participation with a variety of word games, puzzles, projects, and cooperative learning activities.

Each chapter provides practical examples and scenarios to help you apply the model to your own classroom. The appendices include a variety of strategies for organizing reading-writing workshops, a thorough introduction to academic word lists and their role in vocabulary instruction, and an analysis of forty Latin and Greek word roots for mini-lessons.

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Author Bio

Amy Benjamin, a veteran English teacher, trains educators throughout the country in writing across the curriculum, strategic literacy, and differentiated instruction. She has received awards for excellence in teaching from the New York State English Council, Tufts University, and Union College. As president of the Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar, an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English, she is a leading authority on effective ways for teaching both academic and creative writing.

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