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Vocabu-Lit®


Building Vocabulary Through Reading

Developing students’ ability to learn and master vocabulary as self-directed learners is a critical part of literacy. Through its research-based methodology, Vocabu-Lit® equips students to use multiple strategies to unlock the meaning of words and make them part of their everyday and academic vocabulary. Vocabu-Lit® introduces word lists through excerpts from high-quality texts including contemporary and classic fiction, nonfiction, speeches, and primary sources.

Vocabu-Lit® Interactive includes highlighting, annotation, and note taking tools designed to help students identify and transfer context clues.

The Vocabu-Lit® Difference

Easy to Use!

Every lesson includes seven exercises designed to broaden students’ word knowledge and ability to extract meaning from texts.

Focused

Each set of exercises builds students' proficiency with the ten master words in a predictable sequence.

Flexible Implementation

Whether implemented in print, digitally, or through a blended approach, Vocabu-Lit develops word study skills in less than 15 minutes per day.

 


Word Study & Self-Directed Learners

Developing students’ ability to learn and master vocabulary as self-directed learners is a critical part of literacy. Through its research-based methodology, Vocabu-Lit® equips students to use multiple strategies to unlock the meaning of words and make them part of their everyday and academic vocabulary.

  • Words in context—All Master Words in Vocabu-Lit® come from excerpts of high-quality texts including contemporary fiction, nonfiction, speeches, and primary sources.
  • Close reading—Each lesson begins with students extracting context clues from the text to generate meaning for the Master Words.
  • Dictionary skills—By using the built-in dictionary, students compare their definitions to standard definitions helping them identify both substantive and more nuanced differences.
  • Multiple exposures—A series of exercises of increasing complexity test recall and usage of the words in multiple form.
  • Writing—Short writing exercises ensure students can use the words in their writing and speaking.
  • Morphology—Students use affixes and broaden their knowledge of roots from Greek, Latin, and other linguistic sources.

Full Year of Instruction

Six units (5 lessons per unit) provide a full year of instruction. A minimum of 50 percent of the lesson selections are from informational texts spanning all subject areas.


Using Close Reading Skills

Students learn multiple ways to extract meaning by reading selections two times: the first to check understanding, the second to identify context clues for the Master Words.

Vocabu-Lit® Interactive includes highlighting, annotation, and note-taking tools designed to help students identify and transfer context clues.


Multiple Exposures

Once students have the dictionary definition, each lesson then uses the Master Words in six varying settings—in context, through analogies, using synonyms/antonyms, and investigating shades of meaning and multiple meanings. A short writing exercise using the Master Words concludes each lesson.

Unit activities extend word study through activities using roots and affixes, idioms and sayings, academic language, and figurative language.



Vocabu-Lit® Interactive

Vocabu-Lit® Interactive presents virtually all exercises in an autoscored, digital format—saving teacher time and allowing for targeted intervention when necessary.

Interactive tools include

  • student access to flash cards and games
  • lesson, unit, and summative assessments
  • reporting, grade book, and a rich set of assignment features
  • Each exercise mirrors the print format, allowing teachers and students to move easily back and forth between print and digital.

 


Grades 6–12


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