The Vocabulary Rich Classroom
Dayna Hartley, Section C, Febuary 10, 2016
- Vocabulary learning can help to promote reading comprehension and help students who struggle with reading.
- Using sophisticated vocabulary can help students to improve their decoding skills in reading.
- Helps students to use vocabulary words in the right context
- Using sophisticated vocabulary can also help to challenge students and engage them in new learnings.
- Students can make connections to prior knowledge to help build their vocabulary.
- Learning sophisticated vocabulary can help students to remember and understand the meanings of words and access their definitions quickly.
- Modeling Sophisticated Vocabulary can take a lot of planning and preparation on the teachers part. However, in the end, the students will have a richer vocabular to help them to read and understand the meaning of words more effectively.
Implications for Classroom
Reflection on the Article
Strategies for Implementing Sophisticated Vocabulary
Additionally, the article Word Work and Word Play, emphasizes the importance of immersing students in vocabulary usage. The way students learn vocabulary is through experience and practice. Therefore, students need to be exposed to meaningful vocabulary in a way that can challenge and extend their knowledge. This can help students to develop a rich and sophisticated vocabulary that can help them with reading and other important aspects of their lives.
1. In what ways do you think vocabulary growth can help a to expand student's knowledge?
2. What are some different ways to implement sophisticated vocabulary in the classroom?
3. How can you make sophisticated vocabulary use fun and interactive for the students?
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Lane, H. B., & Allen, S. A. (2010). The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom: Modeling Sophisticated Word Use to Promote Word Consciousness and Vocabualry Growth. The Reading Teacher, 63(5), 362-370.