"Like many English teachers," Tom Carnicelli says, "I've felt my students would read, write, and even think better if they knew more about words." The solution he offers couldn't be simpler: integrated activities in which students explore words and, at the same time, develop their language arts and thinking skills. This way teachers can pay more attention to word study - without sacrificing other parts of the English curriculum and without resorting to word lists and memorization. In "Verbal Charades," for example, students play a verbal version of charades, using all the language arts in the process; while "Verbal Clusters" is a weeklong set of writing and reading tasks designed to foster in-depth understanding of a group of related words. A third activity adds writing and thinking tasks to the traditional root and prefix method of learning words. To help teachers use the activities, the second section of Carnicelli's book - a brief, nontechnical history of the English vocabulary - diCarnicelli, Thomas A. is the author of 'Words Work Activities for Developing Vocabulary, Style, and Critical Thinking', published 2001 under ISBN 9780867095654 and ISBN 0867095652.