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Lauren Rolwing for The Chronicle Review

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Lauren Rolwing for The Chronicle Review

Students with rich vocabularies do well in school and are better prepared for college. So it's not surprising that reformers of elementary and secondary education seek to identify reading material that improves children's vocabularies. What is surprising is the conceptual vacuum in which they conduct their search. To quote the literary scholars Peter J. Rabinowitz and Corinne Bancroft, recommendations for the study of English "language arts"