ERIC Number: ED361713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Origins (Volume 1: "Bringing Words to Life" and Volume 2: "The Word Families").
Robinson, Sandra R.; McAuliffe, Lindsay
Developed in a wide variety of classrooms for students in grades 4-6 and in collaboration with teachers who have used the material successfully, this two-volume set presents a way to get students excited about words. The set can also be used with younger and older students, even with adults. The two volumes provide: an "up-on-your-feet, get-into-the-act, get-the-feeling-in-your-bones" approach to exploring word origins; step-by-step activities for discovering how abstract meanings develop from everyday experiences; examples from popular speech and figures of speech from around the world; a concise history of the English language; poetry that uses the imagery of the word families; and writing ideas that are based both on these poems and on the words and images of the word families. Volume 1 includes practical advice and background for using the word family chapters of volume 2, ideas for how to explore additional word families, and a bibliographic essay. Volume 2 contains 12 word families and lesson plans: an introduction to the family, a family word tree, a discussion of the family's most important words, suggestions for doing pantomimes, and ideas for art, poetry, and other writing. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Language Patterns, Language Usage, Language Variation, Lesson Plans, Poetry, Vocabulary Development, Word Study Skills, Writing Assignments
Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 5 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003-3306 (set: ISBN-0-915924-90-0, $23.95; volume 1: ISBN-0-915924-91-9; volume 2: ISBN-0-915924-92-7).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Teachers and Writers Collaborative, New York, NY.