Words Worth Teaching: Closing the Vocabulary Gap

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Words Worth Teaching contains text about the importance of vocabulary for elementary students, suggestions for teaching vocabulary with primary and upper-elementary students, and how a listing of root words likely to be encountered in elementary education was established.  The remainder of the book contains a listing of 11,000 root word meanings.  Over 6000 word meanings were tested directly with elementary students.  The 11,000 meanings were prioritized as "easy by second grade", useful to teach during the primary grades (K-2), useful to teach during the upper elementary grades (3-6), and difficult for elementary children at grade 6 or earlier.  Sample sentences are provided for each meaning.   In many cases, there is more than one meaning for a specific root word form (e.g., lean).   The book comes with a CD which has the word list in Excel form.  This listing allows teachers and publishers to select lists of word meanings they need to emphasize.

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Andrew Biemiller: Short Biography
 
Andrew Biemiller is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.) and Cornell University (M.Sc., Ph.D.).  He taught at the Inst. of Child Study, University of Toronto for 36 years, retiring June, 2004.  Most of his teaching has concerned post-BA elementary teacher candidates including child development, teaching practice, classroom teaching, and designing educational programs.  He was responsible for the teacher education program at the Inst. of Child Study for 15 years. . For the past 12 years he has studied the development and acquisition of vocabulary.  In addition, he collaborated with Donald Meichenbaum on fostering self direction in the classroom, culminating in their book, Nurturing Independent Learners. 
His recent research has concerned what word meanings are acquired, the order of meanings acquired, and effective methods of teaching word meanings.  His main current research concerns identifying word meanings that are particularly useful for instruction at the pre-primary, primary and upper-elementary levels.  This is done by identifying words known by children with relatively advanced vocabularies but not known by children with smaller vocabularies.  He published this work in Words Worth Teaching (publisher, SRA/McGraw-Hill , 2009).  He has also worked on a group vocabulary test for preliterate (K-2) children, developed by colleague Gail Kearns (Kearns & Biemiller, Journal of Education, 2010).   This test will be the first practical classroom vocabulary test for primary grade children.  He is active as an educational consultant to the U.S. Inst. of Education Science (Dept. of Education), U.S. National Institute of Child and Human Development, publishers (especially SRA/McGraw-Hill), state departments of education, and researchers.

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