Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Intentional Vocabulary Instruction: Laura Robb's Big 10

Too often we leave vocabulary development to either chance or tools that do not have a positive impact on expanding kids' knowledge of words and how to use them. 

Take a look at your classes or your school...

How do you help the kids understand the words?
Do you take the time?
Do you have a focused plan?
Is independent reading encouraged?

Look around...could someone walk in your class(es) and know what content you are studying simply by the words that are visible?

Is there any evidence of teaching and expanding content and academic vocabulary?

Do you know how to choose the words that need to be taught?

Have you looked into what we know about text comprehension and vocabulary development?

If you have not thought about this or are new to understanding what tools are effective and why you should use specific tools...

...Check out Laura Robb's:

Vocabulary is Comprehension:Getting to the Root of Text Complexity

In her work, you will find what she calls the Big 10...

1. Promote Meaningful Talk
2. Study Word Parts
3. Attend to Figurative Language and Connotations
4. Situate Words in Various Contexts
5. Use New Vocabulary in Writing
6. Build Concepts
7. Make Connections
8. Tap into Technology
9. Promote Independent Reading
10. Deliver Daily Read-Alouds

In Vocabulary is Comprehension you will discover an explanation of each of her Big 10 as well as lessons designed to support your addressing these areas.

Recently, I had the chance to interview Laura on my podcast. Check out Episode 45: Laura Robb-Vocabulary is Comprehension

Also, check out Laura's website www.LRobb.com

If the kids don't understand the words, they will not get the content.

Take some time to learn the strategies that will help you help the kids develop deeper word knowledge.

Make vocabulary instruction intentional in your class and school.