This is the third in a series of ‘Teaching through Text’ WORD POWER blog posts, exploring how to teach vocabulary, in context, using high-quality texts. Effective vocabulary instruction helps pupils to unlock the meaning of new words through discussion, meaning-making and the opportunity to strengthen connections to prior knowledge. By teaching core vocabulary learning strategies or ‘Word Attack’ in real reading and writing contexts, across the curriculum, teachers can plan for direct instruction within in a language-rich environment. Regular exposure to language in multiple contexts can AMPLIFY pupils’ understanding of language and their ability to make connections between the new and the known.
To read more about my thoughts on vocabulary instruction and how to develop pupils’ WORD POWER:
‘Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader’s imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.’ (Anthony Browne)
Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011, Browne is renowned for his many famous works including Gorilla, Into the Forest, Piggy Book, Zoo, Through the Magic Mirror, and many more. He has recently (2017) published his 50th book Hide and Seek. For a further post exploring Browne’s works using the strategy of hexagonal learning for reading comprehension, click here.
Voices in the Park has been chosen as the focus text for this post. It tells the story of the day in a New York City park from the point of view of four different ‘voices.’ I hope you will enjoy exploring the language of this beautiful story using the activity ideas provided below. Please get in touch to let me know how you’ve used this book with your own pupils @kashleyenglish
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