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Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual
"This manual will enable you to design and implement a comprehensive approach to teaching academic vocabulary
Paperback, 163 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
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In reading this book I was reminded of the importance of having students define new vocabulary in their own words. I was also appalled at the section on adapting the steps for ELL students, because, although I agreed with the use of native language, I felt the modifications implied a deficit, was simplistic, and in some cases conflicted with recent theories of language development.
Some great ideas for vocabulary reviews and games!!! The IDEA of strategic academic vocabulary instruction as presented in this book is good, but I'm not sure how feasible/realistic it is, especially in a middle school or high school classroom. When we only see students for 40-80 minutes a day, it's hard to commit to giving up 60+ minutes a week just to academic vocabulary instruction - there's still potentially other vocabulary instruction, silent reading time, reading skills instruction time, ...more
This book was used for a book study while I was Superintendent at Inchelium School District No. 70. The district had adopted the Marzano Instructional Framework for its teacher evaluation framework. The book tied in with the building of academic vocabulary for our students. A six-step process was given for identifying vocabulary words. Review and games were a part of a program to reinforce vocabulary. The book was a short read and gave a lot of good ideas to accomplish the task.
Good primer in how to choose most important academic vocab and how to systematically teach it. I'm still figuring out a way to build more of his practices into my regular schedule, but that's another story... Also have issues that it focuses on SS & Sci content vocal rather than "SAT" words for common use.
This is the follow up book from his research book. This book contains some black line masters, although you may create your own after practicing his procedures in your class. These two books changed the way I taught math and science content after my sixth year of teaching. Vocabulary study, when done well, is a super efficient way to study content!
This book has some interesting ideas for a vocabulary notebook, games and comparison activities, but seems to be geared towards the upper grades. This idea of teaching vocabulary really takes the terms out of the context that the ELL kids especially need in order to grasp/remember a concept.
Excellent concept, but rather thin for a Marzano book. I suppose I like the subject-area lists of academic vocab in back, but I'm pretty sure I could have come up with it myself. Still, it makes a strong case for explicitly teaching academic vocab and the lists are handy.