Make It a Habit: Improve Student Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension in Only 10-15 Minutes a Day


Speaker: Laura Robb

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What good habits are you proud you have?  Would you like to develop another good habit?

Try this: Devote only 10-15 minutes each day to quick lessons that develop your students’ vocabulary and can significantly improve reading comprehension.

Students need to understand most of the words they read if they are to comprehend complex, grade-level texts. Have you been meaning to focus more on vocabulary instruction but are unsure about how to go about it without taking up too much class time?

Join Laura Robb for a hands-on, motivational webinar (grades 4-10) that will show you how to use a simple teaching framework to develop quick daily lessons on vocabulary for all subjects. Her strategies are based on learning standards and the latest research on vocabulary development. Learn  to teach academic words, high-frequency words, figurative language, analogies and roots, prefixes and suffixes.

Laura will show you how to differentiate instruction for English Language Learners and developing readers.She will model vocabulary lessons and give you lots of ideas and strategies for teaching vocabulary (including word games) and assessing student learning. Students learn from 1,000 to 4,000 words a year in school. Shift the needle to the 4,000 mark with Laura’s practical tips and strategies!

Webinar Topics

  • How to use the Big 10 principles of vocabulary instruction in developing your own lessons with sample lessons from Laura
  •  5-day plan for teaching roots, prefixes, and suffixes with examples for ELA, science, and social studies,
  • 15 prefixes ad suffixes every student should know
  • Beck’s 3 tiers of vocabulary
  • How to select which academic words to teach
  • Figurative language: Why it’s important for comprehension and depth of meaning. How to help ELLs learn idioms.
  • Analogies: Why they’re important and how to help students create their own original analogies
  • Sample lessons for synonyms and antonyms, multiple meanings, and multiple forms of words
  • Formative assessment suggestions and tips for scaffolding and reteaching vocabulary

1 review for Make It a Habit: Improve Student Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension in Only 10-15 Minutes a Day

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    Excellent content! Loved the practical yet general applications. I plan to use these strategies with my students when we start our next extended text, and incorporate them into the daily warm-ups.

    Rebecca Crawford, Northstar Christian Academy

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About the Speaker

Laura Robb

Author, teacher, coach, and speaker, Laura Robb has more than 40 years of experience teaching in grades 4-8. She coaches K-12 teachers in Virginia, New York City, Georgia, and Connecticut. Laura has written more than 20 books on literacy. Her latest book, Unlocking Complex Texts: A Systematic Framework for Building Adolescents’ Comprehension (Scholastic, 2014) provides teachers with detailed lessons for teaching reading and writing using the gradual-release model.

Other recent books include Vocabulary is Comprehension (Corwin ) which provides teachers with more than 50 complex texts and 30 ready-to-use vocabulary lessons and Teaching Middle School Writers and SMART WRITING. (Heinemann). Laura has designed classroom libraries for Scholastic for grades 3 to 9 and co-developed XBOOKS, nonfiction print and online texts on themes such as forensics, tyrants, war and medicine for middle school. Laura is a keynote and featured speaker at conferences all over the country and in Canada on language arts at all grade levels.


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