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Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 by Janet Allen, ISBN-13: 978-1571100856



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Stenhouse Publishers (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 160 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1571100857
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1571100856

Do you spend hours creating word lists and weekly vocabulary tests only to find that your students have “forgotten” the words by the following week? Janet Allen and her students were frustrated with the same problem. Words, Words, Words describes the research that changed the way she and many other teachers teach vocabulary. It offers educators practical, research-based solutions for helping students fall into new language, learn new words, and begin to use those words in their speaking and writing lives.

This book offers teachers detailed strategy lessons in the following areas:activating and building background word knowledge;making word learning meaningful and lasting;building concept knowledge;using word and structural analysis to create meaning;using context as a text support;making reading the heart of vocabulary instruction.

Words, Words, Words provides educators with a strong research base, detailed classroom-based lessons, and graphic organizers to support the strategy lessons. At a time when teachers are struggling to meet content standards in reading across the curriculum, this book offers some practical solutions for meeting those standards in ways that are meaningful and lasting.


“Her ideas are practical, easy to apply in real classrooms, and even promise to be fun. There are almost too many good ideas in this book.” – Reading Teacher
“Teachers will find this book indispensable.” – Voices from the Middle
“A dynamic, practical guide that can be used by teachers of all grade levels, whether they are experienced or inexperienced.” – English Journal
“Any teacher who is interested in exploring new ways of teaching new words should read this book.” – Education Book Review

About the Author

Janet Allen (EdD, University of Maine) is associate professor of education at the University of Central Florida and has directed the Central Florida Writing Project. An international literacy consultant, she is recognized for her work with at-risk students. Janet taught high school English and reading for twenty years in rural Maine, where she received a Milken Foundation National Educator Award and the Maine Educator Award. Her books include There’s Room for Me Here: Literacy Workshop in the Middle School, co-authored with Kyle Gonzalez (Stenhouse 1998) and It’s Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy (1995).


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