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March 1, 2023 62 mins

The READ Podcast invites Margaret McKeown, PhD, for a deep dive on vocabulary development and instruction. Dr. McKeown is a celebrated researcher, professor, teacher educator, and co-author of numerous books on vocabulary such as Bringing Words to Life.

In this episode, Dr. McKeown discusses robust, integrated, and comprehensive approaches to engaging children with vocabulary. She explains the role of vocabulary in reading comprehension, dispels myths about vocabulary instruction, and discusses the integration of engaging students in explicit vocabulary instruction with broadening and deepening student exposure to new words and background knowledge in classroom environments. This episode sparks inspiration and intentionality for “bringing words to life” within a content and language-rich classroom environment.

Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit and the Episode #42 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. To connect with Dr. McKeown on Twitter, you can follow her at @margaretmckeow2.

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