Higher Education

Words Matter, 1st Edition

  • Laraine E. Flemming
  • ISBN-10: 0618256628  |  ISBN-13: 9780618256624
  • 432 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $111.75



Words Matter features a conceptual approach to teaching mid- to high-level vocabulary. Each chapter introduces ten words linked together by theme, such as humor, light, heat, and friendship. This common thread helps students to compare and contrast words related in meaning or structure. As a result, students have multiple opportunities to form connections and anchor each new word and its meaning in their long-term memory. Readings also focus on topics of social and historical importance so that students expand their cultural literacy along with their vocabulary.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage
2. From Beginning to End
3. More Beginnings and Endings
4. All Well and Good
5. Light and Dark
6. High and Low
7. Getting Mad and Making Up
8. Words on Wit and Humor
9. Speaking of Appearances
10. In a Manner of Speaking
11. Focusing on Language and Literature
12. Character Comments
13. More Character Comments
14. Bad Behavior
15. The Language of Praise and Blame
16. More on Praise and Blame
17. Food Chat
18. Following the Rules
19. Moral and Immoral
20. Getting Emotional
21. In Sickness and in Health
22. Living with the Animals
23. Clearing the Way
24. Analyzing Arguments
25. Building Vocabulary

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Laraine E. Flemming

After receiving her B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was certified as a teacher of secondary reading, Laraine Flemming went on to earn an M.A. in English literature at Boston College and a Ph.D. in American literature at the State University of New York in Buffalo. During her career, Flemming has taught students from elementary to graduate school covering subjects as varied as reading and writing, American literature, time management, speed reading, and study skills. She began writing textbooks while working as Director of the Reading and Writing Center at Dean Junior College. In need of a reading textbook that had lots of exercises combined with genuinely thought-provoking readings, Flemming decided to write her own. You can contact Laraine Flemming by emailing her at laflemm@comcast.net or by visiting her website at www.laflemm.com.