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by Pieces of Learning Staff Development Presenter and Author – Dr. Keith Polette
Vocabulary development is an integral part of a student’s learning. Students need to be given a chance to discover new words, using prediction and higher order thinking skills. Students learn new vocabulary words most effectively through direct exposure and when they can connect those words to their active lives.
It is a proven fact that children who hear texts read aloud on a daily basis make gains in vocabulary development.
40 activities are included to help build vocabulary development. Activities include: Thinking Through Words and Things; A Writing Pattern; Phonemic Awareness; A Word a Day; Word Sort; Vocabulary Graphic Organizer; Abstract Words; What Makes a Hero; Words in Words, and five patterns of Sentence Building.
Dr. Keith Polette is a specialist in children’s literacy and the Director of the English Education program in the Department of English at the University of Texas at El Paso. At. UTEP, he is an Associate Professor of English and teaches undergraduate courses in Children’s Literature, Writing Processes of Children, Reading and Writing Nonfiction, The Dynamics of Language, and graduate courses in Methods of Teaching Children’s Literature, Methods of Teaching Writing, Methods of Teaching English/Language Arts, Writing for Children, and Poetry and Personal Poetics.
Keith earned a Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University, two Masters degrees from Idaho State University-one in English and one in Drama-and a B.A. in English from Central Methodist College. He is the Director of the Southwestern Children’s Literature Festival and the former Director of the West Texas Writing Project (a site of the National Writing Project).
Keith is a former Language Arts Mentor/Teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also a nationally recognized literacy consultant who gives keynote addresses and conducts seminars for K-12 teachers throughout the United States and Canada. See Dr. Polette’s speaking topics here.