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Susan Gibson
Response to Melissa
Mon Nov 24, 2014 17:43
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I found that the more I modeled the words, the more the students used the words in their speaking and writing. Some days I did better than others due to lots of testing and feeling pushed for time. But overall, the students made a much better effort to use "spicy" words in their writing than when we first started the study.

http://utah.ptfs.com/awweb/awarchive?type=file&item=28840
As for Text Talks, here is a link to lots of pre-made lessons. I learned about these in my undergrad courses at ASU. Primarily they are used in grades k-3 to build comprehension and vocabulary. The words are introduced in context. Then after you have read the story, you look more in-depthly at the words to become really familiar with them.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/texttalk/index.htm
Then here is a link to the scholastic version of this lessons made by Beck and McKeown from "Bringing Words to Life". This is what I used because my school purchased the whole set a few years back.

  • Susan & Emily - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 17:02
    I enjoyed your presentation. I liked they way vocabulary instruction flowed smoothly into writing instruction. My students tend to compartmentalize their learning and don't always make the... more
    • Response to Melissa - Susan Gibson, Mon Nov 24 17:43
      • info - Melissa Boyd, Mon Nov 24 17:56
        I agree that modeling is key, but I think your efforts in making students more aware of how their writing could be "spiced up" was a great motivator. Thanks for sharing!
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