A logophile is a lover of words (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/logophile). That is definitely me and it is not coincidence that I love to read also. Vocabulary and reading certainly go together and help strengthen each other. So what are some ways to strengthen vocabulary? Here are a few ideas:
Discovery Streaming includes vocabulary development as part of its English Language Arts subject area (Reading). A few samples:
- for younger grades, check out Word Girl or the Whaddaya Know Quiz show series
- for middle grades, try the Alien Word Mine series or try Perfect: Vocabulary for ways to help them improve their vocabulary
- for high school, the offerings include plenty of SAT vocabulary preparation resources.
Some posts with recommended apps are:
Ebooks for vocabulary include plenty of dictionaries and thesauruses, but here are a few more suggestions:
- The Weighty Word book by Paul M. Levitt, etal
- Grammar Girl’s 101 Troublesome Words You’ll Master in No Time by Mignon Fogarty
- The SAT Word Slam: Rhyme Your Way to a Better Vocabulary and Higher SAT and ACT Scores by Jodi Fodor
- Barron’s Painless Vocabulary by Michael Greenberg
Finally, what vocabulary games are on my iPad?
- 7 Little Words — use the tiles to find the words that fit the definitions
- Word Monsters — use the letters in the grid to finish the common words and phrases
- Rhymie Stymie — find the rhyming word pair to fit the definition given
Logophiles, share the love with your students!