Explicit Vocabulary Instruction: Words for Everyone

Why Teach Vocabulary? Vocabulary is an integral part of language-both receptive (listening and reading) and expressive (speaking and writing). Words help us express emotion and ideas, learn new concepts, and collaborate with others. Words are everything!


2015 / 4 DVDs (4 sessions; 5.7 hours total) and 1 CD with reproducible session handouts and Facilitator's Guide
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  • Anita Archer
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Research shows that children’s vocabulary in early grades is directly related to reading comprehension in upper grades. Students receiving explicit, engaging vocabulary instruction throughout their school years’ experience growth in vocabulary. Thus, vocabulary instruction must be central to all content areas at all grade levels and is especially critical for struggling readers.

Watch as Dr. Anita Archer shares strategies that help you:

  • Explicitly teach individual words to students (both general and domain-specific academic vocabulary).
  • Teach students strategies for learning words.
  • Develop a language-enriched classroom.
  • Foster word consciousness among students.

In these 4 DVDs (5.7 hours of training), Dr. Archer presents the essentials of explicit vocabulary instruction, from preparation to ongoing review. Your staff will be fully prepared to develop an intentional, dynamic, motivating, and explicit vocabulary instruction plan that will help your students achieve both initial mastery and long-term retention.

  • Session 1: Importance of Vocabulary Instruction
  • Session 2: Preparing for Explicit Vocabulary Instruction
  • Session 3: Teaching Vocabulary Words
  • Session 4: Making It Stick-Providing Practice
  • Anita Archer

    Anita L. Archer, Ph.D., is an educational consultant to school districts on explicit instruction, the design and delivery of instruction, behavior management, and literacy instruction. Over the course of her 40-year career, Dr. Archer has taught elementary and middle school students and has served on the faculties of San Diego State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon. She is nationally recognized for her professional development activities, having presented workshops and seminars in every state. Dr. Archer is coauthor, with Dr. Mary Gleason, of numerous curriculum materials addressing reading, writing, and study skills. She is the recipient of ten awards honoring her excellence in teaching and her contributions to the field of education.