Building a Strong Vocabulary: A Twelve-Week Plan for by Carl Bernard Smith

By Carl Bernard Smith

This advisor bargains strong thoughts mom and dad can use to assist their kids strengthen powerful vocabularies. little ones discover the realm of context clues, analogies, synonyms and antonyms, note maps, Greek and Latin roots, phrases from different languages, dictionaries, and thesauruses, and masses extra! per week by way of week plan. includes 12 suggestions to extend your vocabulary and improve your conversation abilities. discover ways to construct phrases via prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, synonyms and from international languages."

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All of the brothers and sisters could sing songs from the movie soundtrack and did so with great frequency. Children indexed family life when discussing television watching as well as movies. “You’re not made out of glass” is what Denise said her family told her when they watched television together, and she sometimes discussed with Vanessa what she “had” to watch after school, when she and her brother negotiated their television viewing. As already noted, Vanessa had some disagreements with her granny about the suitability of Barney for a 6-year-old.

Although boys were the more ardent sports fans, both girls and boys were participants in popular sports culture. Conversely, although girls were the main 38 The Brothers and Sisters Learn to Write participants in playground songs, both boys and girls frequently sang (including Lakeisha, with her loud monotonic voice). When the children’s textual appropriations explicitly indexed their own early years, race and gender seemed to fade from view, and school and home seemed quite compatible. For example, songs of remembered pasts were associated with preschool, kindergarten, and home.

Looney! (enacting the gruff voice of Swackhammer as he decides, upon seeing the Looney Tunes on his television sets, to kidnap the ’toon characters to enliven his amusement park) NOAH: What if they can’t come? (enacting the small voice of a Nerdluck) TOMMY: Can’t come!? Make ’em! On another occasion, all of the brothers and sisters were recalling amusing scenes (from their point of view) in the film Matilda (Bregman, Peyser, & DeVito, 1996) as they worked in their writing journals. At one point, Noah had trouble drawing an image of the gorilla Donkey Kong and, after expressing his frustration, he voiced a popular line from the film Matilda, which led to joint performances (and a slight correction from Vanessa): Mapping the Cultural Landscape 47 NOAH: And the gorilla is really hard.

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