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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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Gail Boukary's picture

I am definitely interested in this project as I work with 5th-8th graders in our middle school. Vocabulary is one of the areas indicated on our testing as needing some extra attention.

Kris Sandwell's picture

For 11 of the past 12 years I used a book called Vocabulary for the College Bound Student. It is hardcover; unfortunately, I am not sure who the publisher is as the books are at my school. The students enjoyed the books - used the lower level (Vocabulary for the High School Student)with my 6th and 7th graders. This last year I used Wordly Wise 3000. This book focuses on building "real world" vocabulary through reading comprehension and other activities.

Janet Dunham's picture
Janet Dunham
Instructional coach in New Mexico

Vocabulary taught using Marzano's six steps, using ALL of them routinely, works well. However, the real key is for the kids to use the vocabulary as they engage in content-area conversations with each other and in whole class conversations. The new words have to be integrated into and added to students' academic language. Check out Douglas Fisher's ASCD publication, Content-Area Conversations.

Janet Dunham's picture

Vocabulary taught using Marzano's six steps, using ALL of them routinely, works well. However, the real key is for the kids to use the vocabulary as they engage in content-area conversations with each other and in whole class conversations. The new words have to be integrated into and added to students' academic language. Check out Douglas Fisher's ASCD publication, Content-Area Conversations.

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