The highest rate of vocabulary development occurs during the earliest years of a child’s school career. An intentional focus on developing children’s knowledge networks (vocabulary words, concepts, facts, big ideas, and interconnections) using a variety of genre (information text, narratives, and predictable text) can increase children’s vocabularies and also improve their inferential reasoning skills and ability to comprehend texts.
Participants will receive training in the World of Words (WOW): Teaching Academic Vocabulary through Shared Book Reading (Neuman, 2014). This research-validated instructional program is designed to increase the knowledge networks of children in early elementary grades using shared reading of pattern books, narrative, and informational texts that are topically focused. WOW has 10 units that are each designed around 5 shared reading books on a focused topic. Each lesson includes intentional vocabulary instruction and review coupled with talk-time that includes reflection and discussion.
This intervention program supports #2, #3 and #8 of the General Education Leadership Network’s Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy.