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Citation: Akhavan, Nancy. (2007). Accelerated Vocabulary Instruction: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students. New York, NY: Scholastic.


Title: Accelerated Vocabulary Instruction: Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students
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Year: 2007
Publisher: Scholastic
City: New York, NY
Medium: Book
Author(s): Akhavan, Nancy
Grades: Second Grade to Sixth Grade
Categories: Teaching Vocabulary
Annotation: With just 15 minutes a day, you’re guaranteed to make an impact on student achievement as you and your kids explore new words together. Nancy Akhavan’s books are so practical and realistic. As a former principal at a poverty-impacted school in California, she describes how intentional instruction and “classrooms dripping with words” helped her school improve test scores dramatically. In "Accelerated Vocabulary," she outlines very specific suggestions about adding 15-20 minutes a day for explicit vocabulary study. Each unit begins with a connection, teaching for ten minutes, then five minutes of guided practice and a quick wrap-up. At Nancy’s school, teachers present eight new words each week. “You can break word learning into four days of instruction, teaching two words each day, and keeping one day for conferring and assessment” (p. 74).

Nancy presents a convincing case about how vocabulary knowledge provides the basis for success in school. You can give struggling students and English Language Learners an extra boost and close the achievement gap by teaching these kids the vocabulary they need. The book includes six units of study for the year, mapped out by month, with examples of five or more specific well-paced minilessons. Each minilesson includes the teaching point, tips for preparation and a description of the lesson, often with photographs from a classroom. In addition, some of her minilessons look fun. For instance, on page 98, she has an activity where students brainstorm nonsense works using prefixes and suffixes. Do you wonder what prefixes you should teach? Nancy Akhavan has done the research for you and outlines the ones most often used in school texts. This is a principal who recognizes the challenges of busy teachers and has laid it all out for you. She even includes actual overhead transparencies. Her book does not include vocabulary list; the book is more about how to teach vocabulary through units of study in workshop model.