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Citation: Allen, Janet. (2007). Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Grades 4-12. Portland, ME: Stenhouse.


Title: Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Grades 4-12
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Year: 2007
Publisher: Stenhouse
City: Portland, ME
Medium: Book with CD
Author(s): Allen, Janet
Grades: Fourth Grade to Twelfth Grade
Category: Teaching Vocabulary English Language Learners and Writing
Annotation: Since Janet Allenís publication of "Words, Words, Words" she has learned the importance of vocabulary instruction in content area reading. She writes about the fact that we are painfully aware that students seldom bring background knowledge that will help them successfully negotiate their content reading. In this book she shows us how teaching vocabulary is the same as building background knowledge. "Inside Words" is focused on building academic vocabulary and connects vocabulary knowledge, and understanding of content through what she has learned about current reading research.

"Inside Words" builds on Janetís previous works and is full of strategies to teach vocabulary and build background knowledge. The strategies are not single-purpose instructional tools, rather they are organized so that teachers can have professional discussions in study groups or professional development. This book is perfect as a book study for a group of educators interested in learning how to provide intermediate and middle school students with the tools they need to learn and use academic and specialized vocabulary. These instructional strategies include building background knowledge, teaching words that are critical to comprehension, providing support during reading and writing, creating conceptual framework for themes, topics, and units of study, and assessing studentsí understanding of words and concepts. The best part of this book is that it will enrich studentís ability to think, talk, read, and write through activities such as concept circles, concept ladder, concept vocabulary, categories and labels. "Inside Words" comes with a CD with all the printable graphic organizers included in the book both in English and in Spanish.