Word mastery comes from intimate knowledge of language. In Word Nerds : Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary, authors Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith take you inside classrooms where they implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence. With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, the authors developed a five-part plan to teach all students to learn vocabulary: Introducing new words in contextAdding related synonyms and antonymsEngaging in several days of active learningCelebrating new wordsAssessing vocabulary developmentThis easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach, and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. After incorporating the authors' plan, you can be a Word Nerd too!

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chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

What's the Big Deal About Vocabulary Instruction?

chapter Chapter 2|17 pages

Classrooms That Foster Word Confidence

chapter Chapter 3|15 pages

Making Introductions

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Active Vocabulary Practice

chapter Chapter 6|11 pages

Celebrate to Validate

chapter Chapter 7|22 pages

Spreading Vocabulary Wings

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

Learning Through Assessment