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Vocabulary Program

Vocabulary Program

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I teach 8th grade English and am looking for a new vocabulary program to use next year. We have been using Sadlier-Oxford for the past several years. I would like to use something that focuses more on root words/prefixes/suffixes, etc. I also am a 1:1 pilot classroom, so I am especially interested in an online program if one exists. Thank you for your help! Tia

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Tia Carmichael's picture

I really appreciate the suggestions for different programs. I am ordering a few books from Amazon.com now!

Tia Carmichael's picture

I think someone wrote this just for me! Thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction :)

Ken Cornett's picture
Ken Cornett
Retired: Grades 4 to 12, specializing in curriculum development

If you want to improve vocabularly, make your own program in keeping with the skills that need to be taught for that grade.

Start by asking your students, what do they want to learn, or what are they most interested in.

They will tell you , believe me, Once you have that list, find reading material to match their request.

The reading material will likely be one or two grades higher or more, but that doesn't matter, because if they are interested they will want to read more.

Then have them pick out 20 words that they want to learn to spell. With this list - use it to help develop their vocabulary.

I started in October one year, and they were learning 20 words a week at the end of the year they were learning 60 words a week and they were picking the words, and they were not 2 or 3 letter words.

Words like gregarious - they asked me what it meant - I wasn't going to tell them, (because I didn't know) - I told them to use the dictionay, go back to the story and see how it is used, then come and tell me what you think, after they used in a sentence.

When they did that I told them that their use was correct, because that gave me time to look it and to be sure that I knew the word.

They reading level also improved by the end of the year because the magterial was at a high grade level by two or three grades. Kids will adapt, just challenge them.

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Ken Cornett
Retired: Grades 4 to 12, specializing in curriculum development

By the way, with the comment from above, the class average in October was 40 to 60% underachieving, In June the class average was 70 to 90%. They became more interested in learning because they chose what they wanted to learn. The material was only an avenue to teach them study skills and work skills.

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susan offen
Literacy Graduate Student

I would recommend the program Building Vocabulary From Root Words by Timothy Rasinski, Nancy Padak, Rick Newton, & Evangeline Newton for grades 3-8 which can be viewed at www.timrasinski.com.

MarthaFicke's picture

VOCABULARY FROM CLASSICAL ROOTS IS A GREAT PROGRAM. EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHERS
DON'T THINK IT HAS AN ONLINE COMPONENT. I AM LOOKING FOR THE SAME THING FOR MY 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS.

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