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ERIC Number: EJ776389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Ten Important Words Plus: A Strategy for Building Word Knowledge
Yopp, Ruth Helen; Yopp, Hallie Kay
Reading Teacher, v61 n2 p157-160 October 2007
In this strategy, students individually select and record 10 important words on self-adhesive notes as they read a text. Then students build a group bar graph displaying their choices, write a sentence that summarizes the content, and then respond to prompts that ask them to think about words in powerful ways. Several prompts are suggested, each emphasizing the meaning, manipulation, or application of selected words in various contexts. This strategy is based on principles of effective vocabulary instruction as it involves repeated exposure to words, active engagement with words, and study of words with instructional potential. This strategy fosters word knowledge as well as comprehension of text with its focus on word meanings and important ideas in text.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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