Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love
Word Nerds takes you inside classrooms at a high-poverty urban school and shows how two teachers implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students' word knowledge and confidence, enhances classroom community, and increases achievement. Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith weave vocabulary into each school day using multisensory instruction that includes music, art, literature, movement, games, drama, writing, test-taking skills, and technology. Along the way, they turn every student into a lover of language.With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, Leslie and Margot have developed a five-part plan—introducing new words in context, adding related synonyms and antonyms, engaging students in several days of active learning, celebrating new words, and assessing vocabulary development—that teaches all students to learn and love vocabulary.This easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach, and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. Forget copying definitions from the dictionary and completing boring worksheets! Word mastery comes from intimate knowledge of language. From prediction to practice to performance, students from all backgrounds can discover how to make words their own. After incor...
- Brand: Stenhouse Publishers
- ASIN: 1571109544
Twelve-year-old Ambrose is a glass-half-full kind of guy. A self-described “friendless nerd,” he moves from place to place every couple of years with his overprotective mother, Irene. When some bullies at his new school almost kill him by slipping a peanut into his sandwich — even though they know he has a deathly allergy — Ambrose is philosophical. Irene, however, is not and decides that Ambrose will be home-schooled.Alone in the evenings when Irene goes to work, Ambrose pesters Cosmo, the twenty-five-year-old son of the Greek landlords who live upstairs. Cosmo has just been released from jail for breaking and entering to support a drug habit. Quite by accident, Ambrose discovers that they share a love of Scrabble and coerces Cosmo into taking him to the West Side Scrabble Club, where Cosmo falls for Amanda, the club director. Posing as Ambrose’s Big Brother to impress her, Cosmo is motivated to take Ambrose to the weekly meetings and to give him lessons in self-defense. Cosmo, Amanda, and Ambrose soon form an unlikely alliance and, for the first time in his life, Ambrose blossoms. The characters at the Scrabble Club come to embrace Ambrose for who he is and for their shared love of words. There’s only one problem: Irene has no idea what Ambrose is up to.In this bril...
- Brand: Tundra Books
- ASIN: 088776990X
Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek
In this zany, one-of-a-kind memoir, former executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association John D. Williams Jr. brings to life the obsessions, madness, and glory of the SCRABBLE® culture―from living-room players to world champions.Beginning his career on a lark as a freelance contributor to SCRABBLE News, John D. Williams fell down a rabbit hole inhabited by gamers, geeks, and the grammar police. For twenty-five years, as the executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association, Williams served as the official spokesperson for the game, and as the middleman between legions of fanatical word-game fans and the official brand. Now Word Nerd takes readers inside the byzantine, dog-eat-dog world of top tournament players, creating a piquant (seven-letter word, 68 points!) work that is part pop-cultural history, part anthropological study. Indeed, what Christopher Guest did for the world of dog shows in his film Best in Show, Williams does for the world of competitive word games in this funny and perfectly observed memoir.As readers will discover, Word Nerd explores anagrams, palindromes, the highest-scoring SCRABBLE plays of all time, the birth of the World SCRABBLE Championship, as well as many of the more colorful figures that inhabit this subculture. Die-hard word fan...
- Brand: Liveright Pub Corp
- ASIN: 1631491903
Word Nerd: More than 17,000 Fascinating Facts about
Are You a Word Nerd?Did you know...--Only a human (not an animal or thing) is "able" to do something --The five on dice is called cinque--"K" for strike-out in baseball comes from the last letter of "struck"--To skice is to frisk about like squirrels in springFor word lovers everywhere, Word Nerd is a rich-and fun-compendium of more than 17,000 fascinating facts about words. Bestselling author Barbara Anne Kipfer has spent years compiling little known tidbits about common-and not so common-words in the English language.Filled with interesting information about words, sure to amaze and spark conversation, this incredible collection is perfect for the word nerd in each of us.
- Brand: Brand: Sourcebooks
- ASIN: 1402208510
- UPC: 760789215070
100 First Words for Little
There's a TARDIS cookie jar in our kitchen. A Picard air freshener in our car. And we won't even mention Harry Potter in the bathroom. We're geeks and proud of it! But is there nothing for baby? Inconceivable! Introducing 100 First Words for Little Geeks, a deliciously nerdy primer for kids learning their first words! Forget apple and dog. Little geeks are ready for holy grail, warp core, and intergalactic catastrophe (okay, forget that last one, but they'll learn tribble and that's about the same thing). Packed with hilarious illustrations and 100 words every geek baby should know (before any others, of course), 100 First Words for Little Geeks is the perfect board book for geek families everywhere. Great Scott!
- ASIN: 1945547952
Confessions of a High School Word Nerd: Laugh Your Gluteus* Off and Increase Your SAT Verbal
Effortlessly acquire an SAT vocabulary through hilarious high school essays Every year, 9 million American students expend large amounts of time and energy preparing for proficiency and entrance exams like the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and SSAT with a heap of vocabulary flash cards and a fat volume of repetitive practice tests. Each one of them, along with their parents and teachers, wishes that there was a less painful way to prepare for test day. There is, and this book is the solution: a collection of ten well-written, entertaining essays by recent college-graduates-turned-writers that honestly and amusingly recount wild, traumatizing, and hilarious high-school events, using common SAT words as a study tool. (*gluteus: any of the large muscles of the buttocks; esp: gluteus maximus)
- ASIN: 0143038362
Brain Games for Word Nerds
This collection is sure to satisfy passionate puzzleheads--those word nerds hungry for a new challenge. It features new brain games constructed just for this book, including Mix-Ins” (anagrams with a novel twist) and Half and Half” puzzles that involve tricky word-breaking and reassembling.
- Brand: Sterling Publishing
- ASIN: 1402770952
Nerd Words: A Logophile's
You’re a logophile. You’re addicted to words. You can’t help it. Sometimes it feels like nobody understands, but you’re not alone! Across the world, word lovers are flaunting their vocabularies on the streets, in libraries, in bookstores. They’re openly carrying their dictionaries and thesauri! We will not be shamed! New to the scene? Want to impress your etymologist friends? We’re here to help. In this slim volume, you’ll find carefully curated lists of collective nouns, eggcorns, palindromes, onomatopoeia, fossil words, oxymora, portmanteaux, demonyms, and a plethora of words with no vowels. You’ll also find a wee bit of philological history. Grab your dictionary, a hot beverage, and prepare to be flabbergasted, gobsmacked, and boggled.
- ASIN: 1977735002
365 New Words-A-Year Page-A-Day Calendar
There’s something so satisfying about learning a new word and dropping it into a sentence. Now, a trenchant1 and expansive vocabulary is at your fingertips with a lexical2 -themed calendar from the nonpareil3 language experts at Merriam-Webster. 365 NEW WORDS-A-YEAR is an essential calendar for writers, word lovers, and Scrabble and Words-With-Friends players, with a new word definition every day, plus ancillary4 information on pronunciation, sample sentences and word origin and history. 1sharp and articulate2relating to words or the vocabulary of a language3unbeatable4auxiliary, supplementary
- ASIN: 152350336X
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