I felt myself smiling as I read chapter one of A Teacher’s Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day by Tanya S. Wright Tanya started off the book with a story about one of her daughter’s earliest mispronunciations. Her story made me remember the time my daughter referred to a caterpillar as a “killer-patter.” Isabelle had been learning about the butterfly life cycle and was trying to show off her newfound knowledge by using the word caterpillar in conversation. I was able to help her pronounce caterpillar correctly and she used it properly in a sentence. However, we still laugh about this mispronunciation to this day.
A Teacher’s Guide to Vocabulary Development Across the Day is part of the Classroom Essentials series, which means it focuses on an essential practice providing you with the fundamental information needed to try or refine a given classroom practice. You’ll want to check out this book if you’ve been providing explicit vocabulary instruction to your students or you want to get away from rote memorization of vocabulary lists. Tanya’s book is highly visual, which means it includes lots of sidebars, figures, and student work examples. Also, there are seven videos, so you can learn how to support young students’ vocabulary development across a school day.
Speaking of videos, last month I chatted with Tanya about her book and the way teachers can keep robust vocabulary instruction going in a remote teaching setting. If you haven’t read Tanya’s book yet, our conversation will give you a sense of her expertise in vocabulary instruction. If you have read it, then I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about her ideas for remote instruction if you are not teaching in-person with your students right now.
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I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).