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Brenda J. Overturf
Brenda J. Overturf began her career as a classroom teacher, working for eighteen years at the elementary and middle school levels, before she coordinated K-12 reading for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. She also served as chair of the MEd in Reading program at the University of Louisville and is a former member of the International Reading Association Board of Directors.
While at IRA, she chaired a Common Core State Standards Task Force and continues as chair of the IRA Common Core Standards Committee.
Brenda holds an EdD degree with specialty in literacy education from the University of Louisville, and is currently a literacy consultant providing professional development and assistance to schools and districts nationwide.
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Word mastery comes from intimate knowledge of language. In Word Nerds:Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary, authors Leslie Montgomery and Margot Holmes Smith take you inside classrooms where they implement creative, flexible vocabulary instruction that improves their students’ word knowledge and confidence. With support from literacy specialist Brenda Overturf, the authors developed a five-part plan to teach all students to learn vocabulary:
Introducing new words in context
Adding related synonyms and antonyms
Engaging in several days of active learning
Celebrating new words
Assessing vocabulary development
This easy-to-read reference explains how to plan, teach, and assess based on the latest research in vocabulary instruction and learning. After incorporating the authors’ plan, you can be a Word Nerd too!
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