ERIC Number: ED273976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-28
Reference Count: 0
Enriching Vocabulary = Better Readers, Writers, Speakers, and Listeners. A Resource Book.
Koch, Norman E.
Stressing language development as the prime component of all learning, this resource book presents suggestions to teachers to aid them in developing children's descriptive language. Basic to the described activities is the concept that vocabulary development is essentially concept development, requires a variety of experiences, and results from the contribution of all elements of communication. Teaching vocabulary requires a planned, systematic presentation such as (1) prereading/writing/speaking/listening; (2) modeling the pattern and developing one as a group; and (3) producing and sharing. Nine ideas for making words come alive in the classroom are listed, as are five suggestions for creating an exciting visual environment. Each activity presented is supplemented with examples and ideas for implementation. Discussed first are some possible uses of paradoxes, including simple, direct, and personal metaphorical questions, conflicting couplets, and opposing and symbolic metaphors. Second, the use of the structured format of many kinds of poetry is encouraged, such as cinquains (targeted and traditional), limericks, couplets, quatrain, triplets, haiku, and diamante. Activities involving word opposites, word pictures, morphology, etymology, acronyms, mixed-up comics, and tall tales are presented and a list of miscellaneous suggestions, challenge activities, and more vocabulary ideas are also included. (JD)
Descriptors: Associative Learning, Choral Speaking, Classroom Techniques, Creative Development, Creative Expression, Creative Teaching, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Imagery, Language Enrichment, Language Rhythm, Learning Activities, Metaphors, Paradox, Poetry, Symbolic Learning, Teaching Methods, Visual Learning, Vocabulary Development, Word Recognition
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northwest Regional Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English (Portland, OR, April 27-29, 1986).