This year my blogs have been focused on vocabulary instruction. In this blog I want to mention two great resources. The first one is TextProject. There are so many resources on this website, but the one I use most often is the “WordZones for 4,000 Simple Word Families.” This is a list compiled by Elfrieda (Freddy) Hiebert for TextProject. She says, “These 4,000 Simple word families account for 90% of the words in text, including the texts of high school and college.” For a more in depth explanation watch her video: 77sec on Core Vocabulary. This is amazing! If these words make up 90% of text, before I teach a vocabulary word I’m making sure it’s on the list!
Another great resource is http://www.wordandphrase.info. You can enter your text, and it will highlight words and tell you the frequency with which they occur in different types of text. I do use this, but I cross reference it with the TextProject list. With all of these great resources choosing vocabulary is not as daunting as it used to be! (Daunting is not on the list; I just checked.)
Ms. Young is a teacher who wants to keep a record of what works!