Words Their Way: Vocabulary for American History, The World Before 1600 to American Imperialism (1890-1920), 1st edition

  • Kevin Flanigan
  • Latisha Hayes
  • Lori Helman
  • Donald R. Bear
  • Shane Templeton


Words Their Way: Vocabulary Their Way with American History shows middle and secondary level American history teachers how to engage in history in order to ignite student debates over topics or issues; read, write and think like historians to help students organize the domain-specific vocabulary words into ways that make sense; use general academic vocabulary and language to help students explore and learn about the past; and tap into the powerful roots of English to become equipped with the tools to help students become independent word learners for the rest of their lives. After setting the stage for teaching vocabulary in history, 12 independent American history units cover the four stages in domain-specific vocabulary instruction and related core activities and strategies, including building background knowledge, thinking like a historian, connecting vocabulary in context, and assessing vocabulary knowledge. The units parallel eras in American history and the related chapters generally found in American history textbooks. They provide flexibility for use as the teacher sees fit, with an eye to students’ needs and instructional objectives. Three helpful appendices include a look at the big picture graphic organizers customized for teach of the 12 units, three generative vocabulary assessments, and history teachers’ favorite go-to generic graphic organizers and ready-to-use blank templates.

Table of contents

Brief Table of Contents 
    1. Introduction Part 1: The Crucial Role of Vocabulary Knowledge in American History
    2. Introduction Part 2: American History Units - Organization and Core Activities and Strategies
    3. American History Units
    4. Appendices 
    5. References 
    6. Index
    Detailed Table of Contents 

    1. Introduction Part 1: The Crucial Role of Vocabulary Knowledge in American History
      • Purpose and Content of Vocabulary Their Way with American History
      • Three Essential Types of Vocabulary Knowledge
      • Principles of Vocabulary Instruction
      • Vocabulary Support for English Learners
      • Students Who Experience Literacy Challenges

    2. Introduction Part 2: American History Units - Organization and Core Activities and Strategies
      • Domain-Specific Vocabulary

        • Domain-Specific Vocabulary Step 1: Frontloading Key Vocabulary and Critical Concepts

          • Taking a Stand
          • Anticipation Guides
          • Content DR-TA
          • Concept Maps
          • Word-to-World Connections

        • Domain-Specific Vocabulary Step 2: Thinking Like a Historian – Finding the "Big Picture" in History

          • Seeing the Big Picture in American History
          • Paired Review
          • Concepts Sorts

        • Domain-Specific Vocabulary Step 3: Connecting Vocabulary in Context

          • Text frames
          • Focus questions with academic vocabulary banks
          • Capsule Vocabulary
          • RAFT Papers

        • Domain-Specific Vocabulary Step 4: Assessing Vocabulary

          • Admit/Exit Slips
          • Learning Logs
          • Vocabulary Self-Assessment
          • Other In-Depth Vocabulary Assessments

      • Generative Vocabulary

        • Exploring the Roots of English

          • Analyzing Words
            • Root Breakdown

        • Generating Words

          • Root Webs
          • Root Trees
          • Root Walls

        • Assessing Generative Vocabulary
          • Matching affixes/roots
          • Generating affixes/roots

      1. American History Units
        • Unit 1 - The World Before 1600: The Causes and Consequences of European Exploration
        • Unit 2 - Life in the European Colonies of America (1620’s-1763)
        • Unit 3 – Seeds of Rebellion and the Revolutionary War in American (1763 – 1777)
        • Unit 4 - Creating and Forging a New Republic (1777 – 1815)
        • Unit 5 - Developing a National Identity (1815-1860)
        • Unit 6 – A Nation Divided: The Road to the Civil War (1820-1861)
        • Unit 7 – The Course of the Civil War (1861-1865)
        • Unit 8 – Reconstruction: Rebuilding the Nation (1865-1877)
        • Unit 9 - The American West: Cultures Converge on the Frontier (1860 – 1900)
        • Unit 10 - The Second Industrial Revolution (1880 – 1900)
        • Unit 11 - Immigration to the United States: The Hopes and Hardships of Immigrants (mid-1800’s – early 1900’s)
        • Unit 12 - American Imperialism (1890 – 1920)

      2. Appendices
        • Appendix A – Big Picture Graphic Organizers
        • Appendix B – Generative Assessments
        • Appendix C – Additional Activity Templates and Resources
      3. References
      4. Index

      Published by Pearson (July 13th 2016) - Copyright © 2017