Pearson Prentice Hall: eTeach: Strategies for Vocabulary Development
by Dr. Kate Kinsella, Dr. Colleen Shea Stump, and Dr. Kevin Feldman A Rationale Directly Addressing Vocabulary Development What Doesn't Work? What Does Work? Teaching word meanings should be a way for students to define their world, to move from light to dark, to a more fine-grained description of the colors that surround us. Successful comprehension is, in some significant part, dependent on the reader's knowledge of word meanings in a given passage. 1 Baker, S. 2 Stahl, S. There are a number of traditional teaching practices related to vocabulary that deserve to be left in the "instructional dustbin." Look them up. The common shortcoming in all of these less effective approaches is the lack of active student involvement in connecting the new concept/meaning to their existing knowledge base. The following section will explore some practical strategies that secondary teachers can employ to increase the integration, repetition, and meaningful use of new vocabulary. Teach synonyms.