Any teacher who has challenged a sunny day with the phrase vocabulary lesson only to see a dark cloud descend over the room knows that students can be downright word resistant. Break out of the vocab doldrums once and for all with High Definition, a whole new approach to vocabulary instruction that's not just effective, but energizing, sociable, and fun.
When kids envision a word as if it were a real person, with a unique voice and personality, they forever imprint the meaning of the word into their memories. Vocabulary lessons become anything but dull, and still blend seamlessly into your writing objectives.
Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger present a new seminar based on the High Definition way, proving that well-chosen words, collaborative discussion, genre writing and performance are a powerful formula for active vocabulary learning. Gone are the days of solitary students defining and using words in written sentences. Sara and Michael show how to shake up your classroom and get even the most reluctant kids into the act of making words unforgettable.
- Choosing Words: how to identify words that matter
- Collaborating About Words: the importance of small group work for vocabulary instruction
- Using Words: writing across genres and content areas
- Performance: how sharing their work aloud builds students' understanding and community in the classroom