The Word Conscious Classroom
The Word Conscious Classroom
The Word Conscious Classroom
Serving Sweet Vocabulary Instruction
Episode 31: Metalinguistic Awareness and Grammatical Awareness in Action
How does teaching parts of speech enhance word consciousness and ones ability to solve analogies? Well, the more one knows about words, the more word consciousness he or she will gain. This means that a close look at English grammar needs to happen within a word conscious classroom. The teachingRead More
Nov 24, 2018
21 min
Episode 30: Specific Word Learning
For the majority of my teaching career, I have been teaching vocabulary using the specific word learning technique. According to the Vocabulary Handbook, this technique falls under intentional vocabulary teaching. Hence, many of the passages from our anthologies and basal readers utilize specific word learning as an intentional instructional approach toRead More
Nov 17, 2018
21 min
Episode 29: Reading like Detectives – Using the Elements of Thought while Reading
Teaching students to pay attention to text is what I’ve been focusing a lot of my energy on lately. It has been my experience that students have been over-taught how to decode words, and under-taught how to figure out what the author is doing with those words and with theRead More
Nov 10, 2018
26 min
Episode 28: R.O.P.E. Strategy for Analogy Instruction
A few years ago, I went to a professional development workshop on using Analogies for teaching gifted learners. The presenter provided a strategy entitled R.O.P.E. which stands for Relationships, Order of words, Part of speech, and Exactness. I was fascinated by this strategy and I started using it with my students.Read More
Nov 3, 2018
31 min
Episode 26: Unlocking Text with Morphological Study
As I set up my classroom for word study, I consulted the Growing Words: Word Part Instruction Guide.  Before I introduced the Word Part of the Week, I wanted to introduce Latin and Greek Roots to my students in a creative way.  I started looking online for materials that would setRead More
Oct 20, 2018
25 min
Episode 25: Teaching Students about Compound Words
In a previous post, I wrote about encouraging students to look inside of words for spelling patterns. In this week’s post, I am directing students to look inside of words again, but this time we are focusing on smaller words, words that are considered Anglo-Saxon base words. I then explainRead More
Oct 13, 2018
24 min
Episode 24: Looking Inside of Words
The more I build a word conscious classroom, the more I am committed to word study. Scott, Skobel, and Wells (2008) argued that words are the lifeblood of literacy. Hence, word study should be central to all literacy instruction. Included in word study is spelling, decoding (word calling), and wordRead More
Oct 6, 2018
26 min
Episode 23: Vocabulary Ladders and AAVE
I speak African American Vernacular of English (AAVE) and at times, it trips me up. As it happens, in this podcast episode, you will hear me mispronounce one of our vocabulary words. Plus, if you’ve been following my podcast, then you know that I mix up my verb tenses andRead More
Sep 29, 2018
21 min
Episode 22: Studying the Author’s Word Choice Using Predictions
Predictions are powerful! In fact, we ask students to make predictions all the time because student predictions provide a window into the situation model, or the mental model, that students create in their minds. In this podcast episode, I decided to use a lesson from Texts and lessons for content-area reading.Read More
Sep 22, 2018
27 min
Episode 21: Build Word Consciousness with Eponyms
One fun way to build word consciousness is to use Eponyms with students. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, eponyms are defined as “one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named.” Students may not realize that some of the things that we use in everydayRead More
Sep 15, 2018
23 min
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