ERIC Number: ED480633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Sep
Vocabulary's Influence on Successful Writing. ERIC Topical Bibliography and Commentary.
Smith, Carl B., Ed.
Research indicates that for students to perform well in speaking, reading, and writing they need to possess a rich vocabulary. Studies have consistently shown that "vocabulary size correlates with success in all areas of the curriculum" (Manning, 1999). This Topical Bibliography and Commentary reviews the recent research literature on the importance of teaching vocabulary development and on ways educators can integrate writing into the curriculum utilizing the vocabulary learned. As writing is heavily dependent upon an author's ability to draw upon words to describe an event, vocabulary development must be taken seriously in the classroom. Since the emphasis in teacher education is on reading, many teachers do not know how to teach writing, nor do they feel comfortable teaching writing. Students' writing skills can be enhanced through improved vocabulary and by teachers creating a writer-centered classroom where instruction is individualized. Teaching writing should not be approached as a survey class, but rather as a process that must be studied in depth. (Contains 5 Internet addresses and 11 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Childrens Writing, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews, Teacher Role, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Writing Instruction, Writing Research, Writing Skills
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English and Communication, 2805 E. 10th St., # 140, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698. Web site: http://eric.indiana.edu.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.