Words Their Way: Vocabulary for Middle School & High School
Students will improve their vocabulary and learn to master vocabulary strategies with this research-based program. Generative Vocabulary (based on Greek and Latin roots), General Academic Vocabulary (words in written text), and Domain-Specific Vocabulary (specific to content areas such as science, social studies, math, and language arts) are the three types of vocabulary highlighted in this resource. The emphasis is on Greek and Latin roots, which is taught in alternating lessons with Academic or Domain-Specific lessons. Each volume contains 600 targeted words that are taught and reviewed over the course of a year. A Teacher Edition, Student Book, and Teacher Resource DVD-ROM are all included in the bundle. The Teacher Edition is designed to be used in a classroom setting and contains many useful notes to the teacher to get the most out of the curriculum, lesson plan options, and teaching instruction for every lesson. Lesson plans give teachers a 3- or 5-day pacing plan administered in 15 minutes a day. If students complete 2 lessons per week, they will learn 20 words every week. Or, if this seems too much, teachers may pick and choose which words to incorporate throughout the year. The non-consumable Student Book has 60 lessons with new vocabulary words in each lesson. Students learn to recognize roots, learn vocabulary strategies by using context clues to determine meanings of words, and learn vocabulary in specific subject-areas. Students keep a separate notebook to record word meanings, write sentences, and journal other activities. A glossary is included in the back of the student book for easy access to definitions. There is enough instruction in the student book to be done without the teacher guide; however, you would not have access to worksheets, assessments, games, and other extras. The Teacher Resource DVD-ROM includes printable resources (worksheets and answers, assessments, graphic organizers, word part cards, observation guide, student record keeping form, and word lists) and two computer games for vocabulary practice (Word Builders and Word Hero). The teacher guide mentions a Student Games DVD-ROM and Routine Cards that are not included in this package. However, the Student Games DVD-ROM contains the same games on the Teacher DVD-ROM and the Routine Cards are designed to be used for specific subject areas in a school setting. Overall, this is a comprehensive program bringing in research-based strategies to aid students in developing a strong vocabulary for success in college and/or future careers. System requirements for the DVD-ROM: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or Mac OS X, 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8.