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Essential Strategies for Word Study

by Timothy V. Rasinski, Jerry Zutell


Scholastic Teaching Resources
September 2010


Non-Fiction
Ages 7 – 13 . Grades 2 – 8


Defining word study as the direct exploration and analysis of words-through phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction-the authors maintain that it is most effective when sound, spelling, and meaning are examined simultaneously. To that end, they offer thirty engaging activities divided into three sections: exploring word structure, examining word meanings, and extending word learning.


  • Provides 30 fun and engaging activities that help students draw on the combined power of sound, spelling, and meaning to investigate words, including high frequency words, word families, and idioms.

  • Suggests ways to build a robust vocabulary across content areas, enabling independent reading of challenging content reading material.

  • Explains how to design your own word study program, and offers scheduling tips and alternate ways to organize depending on the grade level you teach.

Timothy V. Rasinski

Dr. Timothy V. Rasinski is a professor of education in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies. Dr. Rasinski teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy education. His major interests include working with children who find reading difficult, phonics and reading fluency instruction, and teacher development in literacy education. He has published over 100 articles and 10 books on various aspects of reading education. A past editor of The Reading Teacher, the most widely read journal in reading education in the world, Dr. Rasinski is currently an editor for the Journal of Literacy Research. Rasinski has served as president of the College Reading Association and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association.


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