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Compiled for VocabulogiciansSusan M. Ebbers2010 Selected Quotes

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Kindling students' interest and engagement with words is a vital part of helping all students, but especially less advantaged students, to develop rich and powerful vocabularies Graves, 2006, p. 120

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Morphological knowledge is a wonderful dimension of the child’s uncovering of “what’s in a word,” and one of the least exploited aids to fluent comprehension Wolf, 2007, p. 130

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Students skilled in morphemic and contextual analysis have the potential to increase their vocabulary breadth and depth substantially Edwards, Font, Baumann, & Boland , 2004

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(ELL Study, Grade 5) Teaching new words was subordinated to the goal of teaching ABOUT words — various kinds of information about words that could help children figure out meanings on their own Carlo, August, McLaughlin, Snow, Dressler, et al., 2004, p. 205

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The greatest benefit from instructional time spent on word study can be gained from exploring roots, prefixes, suffixes, and networks of related wordsMarcia Henry, 1997

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The mind analyzes every stretch of language as some mixture of memorized chunks and rule-governed assemblies Pinker , 1999, p. 26, Words and Rules

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Vocabulary instruction needs to be more explicitly metalinguistic — that is, word consciousness is an obligatory, not an optional, component Nagy, 2007, p. 54

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Knowing the etymology or the roots of a word is a very powerful aid to reading, shedding light on a word's pronunciation, its spelling, and its meaning Shaywitz, 2003 , Overcoming Dyslexia

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Morphology may provide a compensatory avenue of instruction for poor readers, and may be the means by which some individuals have overcome dyslexia Deacon, Parrila, & Kirby, 2008

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My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places A. A. Milne

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The brain needs to be prepared for the transition from Anglo-Saxon to Latinate or Greek words….Without this preparation for a change in word structure the brain may be perplexed… Berninger & Richards, 2002, pp. 233-234

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A robust approach to vocabulary involves directly explaining the meanings of words along with thought-provoking, playful, and interactive follow-up Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002, p. 2

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Parents should read with, to, and in spite of their childP. David Pearson in conversation

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Word learning takes place most efficiently when the reader or listener already understands the context well Hirsch, 2006, p. 59The Knowledge Deficit

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Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God George Washington Carver

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'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings' Lewis Carroll

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Systematic discussion utilizing student background knowledge and text information may be particularly fruitful in terms of generating long-term learningBos & Anders, 1990, p. 40

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If we are to increase children’s ability to profit from education, we will have to enrich their oral language development during the early years of schooling Andrew Biemiller,American Educator, Spring 2003

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Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand. Chinese proverb

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A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Human vocabulary is still not capable, and probably never will be, of knowing, recognizing, and communicating everything that can be humanly experienced and felt Jose SaramangoNobel Prize Winning Author

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A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary Thomas Carruthers

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The language mint is more than a mint; it is a great manufacturing center, where all sorts of productive activities go on unceasingly Mario Pei, The Story of Language

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Ultimately, an enhanced and enlarged vocabulary, like any part of the complex phenomenon called language, is a multipurpose tool. Like a hammer, it can be used either to build or to injure. Denning, Kessler, & Leben, 2007, p 182English Vocabulary Elements

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“I know we’re human, but I forget if we’re pre, near, or sub?”

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