Learning the various ways words enter the English language helps students build a rich, flexible vocabulary.
- Identify blended, compound, and clipped words
- Identify word families and use them correctly
- Increase flexibility in vocabulary
Written in the proven format of the Spotlight series, the book has:
- age-appropriate, curricular vocabulary
- gradual progression in difficulty to build student success
- light demands for spelling and writing
- a pretest/posttest
Appealing, one-page lessons in a variety of formats, teach students:
- that many words in English came from other language and cultures over many years
- to identify members of word families and use them correctly
- to identify blended, compound, and clipped words
- to match acronyms and their meanings
- to connect eponyms (words that come from the names of people or places) with their origins
- to recognize and use differing regional and cultural vocabulary
You may purchase Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Word Origins individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 set. The 6-book set consists of:
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- In a longitudinal study of children from grade 1 through grade 6, the best predictor of reading comprehension was vocabulary knowledge, more so than decoding skills or listening comprehension (Verhoeven & Van Leeuwe, 2008).
- Teaching words that have common origins helps students learn the underlying system of vocabulary connections which is more effective than individually teaching vocabulary words (Flanigan & Greenwood, 2007).
- In recent research, Fisher and Blachowicz (2005) found semantic connections among words, including instruction on synonyms, antonyms, and word classes, beneficial for significant gains, vocabulary development among struggling elementary readers, and English language learners.
- A systematic approach to teaching vocabulary, including direct and indirect instruction, teaches students that vocabulary is important for learning language and for reading (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Word Origins incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. Solving problems in teaching literacy. New York: Guilford Press.
Fisher, P.J., & Blachowicz, C.L.Z. (2005). Vocabulary instruction in a remedial setting. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 21, 281-300.
Flanigan, K., & Greenwood, S.C. (2007). Effective content vocabulary instruction in the middle: Matching students, purposes, words, and strategies. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 51(3), 226-238.
Verhoeven, L., & Van Leeuwe, J. (2008). Prediction of developmental reading comprehension: A longitudinal study. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 22, 407-423.