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Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading Comprehension
by William E. Nagy
|Grades||K – 12|
Nagy describes the three methods of vocabulary instruction that most effectively improve comprehension and the teaching methods that employ them.
Nagy, William. 1988. Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading Comprehension. Urbana, IL: NCTE.
Grades 4 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students use word webs to choose synonyms for generic adjectives and to learn to adjust their word usage for different contexts.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Modeled on the activities in Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster, a picture book, students combine vocabulary exploration with word play by planning their own vocabulary parade.
Grades 1 – 3 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
American Sign Language is combined with the hilarious poetry and pictures of Sam’s Sandwich, a lift-the-flap book, to engage all types of learners in acquiring key vocabulary.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students learn content area vocabulary and increase reading comprehension using the Vocabulary, Language, Prediction (VLP) approach.