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Vocabularians: Integrated Word Study in the Middle Grades

Author: Brenda Overturf, Leslie Montgomery, Margot Holmes Smith

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Building on the ideas developed in Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and
Love Vocabulary
, Brenda J. Overturf has updated and energized the
recommended practices for middle grades students. Vocabularians is for
any educator who wants to help young adolescents increase knowledge and
competency with word study while bringing interest, motivation, and even joy to
their learning.

takes teachers and administrators inside three middle-level schools where
educators are integrating vocabulary instruction across the curriculum. In
rural, urban, and suburban settings, she highlights effective ways to develop
students' vocabulary skills using art, music, games, technology, reading,
writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Vocabularians shows
teachers of all content areas how to build word networks, flood the classroom
environment with academic vocabulary, and incorporate the three word-solving
strategies that researchers have found to be the most importan - teaching
students how to use context; deciphering words by breaking down prefixes,
suffixes, and roots; and using reference materials in authentic ways.

blending current research with real classroom experience and application,
Brenda builds on her work with Margot Holmes Smith and Leslie H. Montgomery and
offers an easy-to-implement, customized-to-middle-school resource that will
improve instruction and assessment. As one featured seventh grader shared:
"Vocabulary helps you because the more you know words, the more fluent you can
be in reading, the better you can read and write, and the better your writing
sounds. There's always going to be a time when you have to sound professional,
whether youre applying for a job or anything else. You're just going to have
to know how to use a good vocabulary."