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Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading: A Professional Development Guide to Vocabulary

By Evangeline Newton, Nancy D. Padak, Timothy V. Rasinski

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Aug 1, 2007


Learn to assess and enhance your vocabulary skills!


Finally teachers have access to a professional development series, Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading, written specifically to guide them in sharpening their understanding of the five key components to Reading First—phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. This book focuses on vocabulary, but each volume in the five-part series addresses one key component and presents friendly tips and strategies that teachers can take right into the classroom.


How to make Vocabulary work for you!

  • Each chapter offers recommendations for incorporating appropriate reading materials, fostering productive home–school connections, and promoting students’ desire to learn to read and write.
  • Read current key research studies and findings and learn about their implications for classroom practice.
  • Discover how to evaluate your current practices and create concrete plans for change.
  • Start a learning community or book club and share your knowledge with colleagues.
  • Access useful resources and links to extend and enrich your own learning beyond the classroom.


Teachers rave about A Professional Development Guide to Vocabulary!

“This book is one that will be used from cover to cover.  [T]he book is a wealth of actual activities to use for vocabulary growth.  What teacher or staff development instructor wouldn’t want all this information at their fingertips?”

 —Cathy Taylor, Reading First literacy coach, Stewart County Elementary School, Lumpkin, GA



Also available in the Evidence-Based Instruction in Reading Series:

A Professional Development Guide to Phonemic Awareness

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45628-6

A Professional Development Guide to Phonics

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45630-8

A Professional Development Guide to Fluency

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45629-4

A Professional Development Guide to Comprehension

©2008 | ISBN: 0-205-45627-8

Table of Contents

Series Introduction


          The National Reading Panel Report

          Professional Development in Literacy

          Using the Books

          Overview of Book Contents

Introduction: Vocabulary

Chapter 1      Vocabulary Instruction:  What Does Research Tell Us?          

          What is Vocabulary?

          Why is Vocabulary Important?

          How Do I Support Vocabulary Growth?              

          Professional Development Suggestions

Chapter 2      Instructional Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

General/Guiding Principles for Instruction

      Professional Development Suggestion

      Strategy Suggestions

      Vocabulary Materials and Programs

Professional Development Suggestions


Chapter 3      Assessing Vocabulary

Big Ideas

Evaluate Your Current Assessment Practices

Ideas for Assessment

Plans for Change


Chapter 4      Beyond Strategies and Beyond the Classroom

          ELL Students and Vocabulary Development

         Vocabulary Activities at Home

          Reflection Protocol

          Professional Development Suggestions



Chapter 5      Resources for Teachers

Web Sites 

            Word Play

            Word Roots/Word Lists

            Make Your Own Word Games

            Electronic Dictionaries and References

            For Further Professional Reading

Teacher Resource Books and Articles

            Classroom Activities

            For Further Professional Reading

Children’s Books

            Word Play

            Children’s Dictionaries




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