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Writing About Reading: Writing About Vocabulary
Teaching students to write about vocabulary in interesting ways

Here we grow again! A new focus on literacy skills resource collection is being planned and built for the WritingFix website.

Way back in 2006, the WritingFix website co-sponsored the creation of a quality print resource for 4th-12th grade teachers. The Reading in the Content Areas Guide provided ideas for teachers in five areas: 1) engaging students before, during, and after reading; 2) teaching content area vocabulary; 3) using text patterns to teach reading comprehension in non-fiction writing; 4) note-taking and summarizing strategies; 5) using collaborative reading strategies.

Over 3000 copies of the Reading in the Content Areas Guide are now being used not only in Northern Nevada but also across the United States, Canada, Japan and Australia. Teachers who have purchased and used the guide have adapted many of its strategies to fit their teaching style, and many have shared those adaptations with us.

During 2009 and 2010, WritingFix will be further developing its collection of resources that focus on the connections between writing and reading comprehension. New ideas on teaching vocabulary meaningfully--ones not featured in the Reading in the Content Areas Guide--will eventually be housed on this page.

If you have technqiues for teaching students to write about vocabulary that you'd like to share, contact us at webmaster@writingfix.com. We always send a free NNWP publication with teachers whose ideas we post here.

During 2009 and 2010, please continue to check back with us. This page will grow as the school year progresses.

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A Popular Vocabulary Lesson at WritingFix:

A Book Recommendation: Vocabulary Instruction

Our Picture Book-Inspired Lesson based on Debra Frasier's charming Miss Alaineus remains one of our most popular among teachers.

Lesson Overview: Inspired by the book's "Vocabulary Fair," students will imagine what a vocabulary fashion show would be like. Assuming the role of a fashion show announcer, students will write a script that describes a vocabulary word's stroll up and down the runway at a high-class fashion show. Students will then team up with students who've scripted different vocabulary words, combine scripts, add transition words in between the "models," and perform their vocabulary fashion shows. Teachers: Click here to access the lesson plan and its resources.

The research and writing of Robert Marzano is currently inspiring many of our projects at WritingFix. Our Comparison & Contrast Page and our Summarization Page were both inspired by his synthesis of educational research.

Building Academic Vocabulary: Teacher's Manual by Robert Marzano is the book we will be sharing with teachers as we develop this new page on vocabulary instruction here at WritingFix.

A New Vocabulary Lesson at WritingFix:

Root Attack Vocabulary Activity:

Our Picture Book-Inspired Lesson based on Cynthia Rylant's wonderful Tulip Sees America is being discovered by our teacher users!

Lesson Overview: Students write about a specific animal in its natural habitat or an object in a specific setting. After reading Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant, the class discusses the author’s word choice and how appropriate words and vocabulary enhance various descriptions of each setting in the story. Students will select an animal in a habitat, or another object in a specific setting, and integrate meaningful words and content vocabulary in their descriptive writing to create a vivid image. Teachers: Click here to see the entire lesson plan.

WritingFix webmaster, Corbett Harrison, shares his "root attack" vocabulary poster-making activity. Click here to access the full write-up for this activity.

An Extension Activity from one of our Popular iPod Lessons:

Inspired by this list of cool and obscure words and the knowledge gained writing to our iPod-inspired writing lesson based on Natasha Bedingfield's song, Unwritten, students create their own original words based on their knowledge of roots and affixes.

Click here to open this extension activity, which was created by NNWP Consultant, Abby Olde.


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