Making Word Web Vocabulary the center of Language Arts
No teacher wants to add a new subject to an already crowded curriculum. Knowing this, I have created Word Web Vocabulary so that it becomes the forum for introducing and reinforcing many elements of your English / language arts program, a tool to help you meet your state-mandated English standards, and the center of your language arts program.
I created this while working out how to accomplish all this in my own classroom. How could I possibly cover spelling, grammar (and its numerous ramifications), the many mechanics of writing, figures of speech, as well as reading and a well-rounded vocabulary?
After a great deal of pondering, I decided to capitalize on my students' enjoyment of vocabulary. Since sentence writing was part of mymodus operandi for their learning new words, I began requiring them to include in those same sentences the current week's spelling words along with spelling demons I had written on the board. From there, it wasn't much of a stretch to have students include other of the components I mention above in these sentences. Some of these essential elements came from lessons we'd covered earlier in the year. Continuous review is an important aspect of all learning.
Students liked the challenge and the diversity each week brought. In order to help teachers accomplish this "killing-two-birds-with-one-stone" approach, I include reminders on most pages in the teacher's manual such as those below, starting with Volume III*. I suggest that each week you assign two or three of these components for students to incorporate into their written work.
To make it easier for teachers to plan the incorporation of all these elements, I include in the Teacher's Introduction a 2-page concise guide to the grammar, mechanics and punctuation of English writing, along with a year's worth of language arts lesson planning broken into the six chapters of each Word Web Vocabulary workbook.*
That's my Word this time.
Word Web Vocabulary - recommended on Heidi Hayes-Jacobs' website - Moving vocabulary from the edge of language arts to its center
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