Vocabulary in Action
Lessons from Great Literacy Teachers
By (author) Gay Fawcett
Publication date:31 August 2012
Length of book:146 pages
This book will take you into the classrooms of great literacy teachers from around the United States who have designed successful vocabulary instruction for their grades K-6 classrooms. Each teacher will share vocabulary routines that he or she uses on a regular basis, including his or her favorite, which you can use as-is or adapt for your own classroom. Through their stories you will be encouraged to examine your vocabulary instruction and consider what you can do to help students who have vocabulary gaps and further enrich the vocabulary of those students who don’t.
Fawcett takes readers into the classrooms of exemplary teachers, providing a glimpse of research-based vocabulary instruction in action. There is no shortage of books on strategies for teaching vocabulary. This book is unique in that it goes beyond the how-to's and focuses on the story of what the strategy looks like when enacted in a real classroom. Each chapter begins with contextual information about the teacher, the students, and the strategy. Then, through the use of actual classroom dialogue and student work samples, the strategy comes to life for the reader. This window onto the on-the-spot decision making of a master teacher can be particularly valuable for pre-service and beginning teachers in helping to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Fawcett has over 30 years' experience in the classroom and has cowritten books with noted literacy researchers Tim Rasinski and Nancy Padak. Fawcett's expertise has resulted in a teacher-friendly resource that is firmly rooted in research-based best practice. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels.