Vocabulary Virtuoso: PSAT-SAT Book 1
Formatted like others in the series with a list of words (grouped by parts of speech), definitions, a word box and fill-in-the-blank sentences, a story challenge (plug in words from a word box), word scrambles, matching, and sentence completion. The various exercises give loads of opportunities to learn new vocabulary. A review lesson comes after every 4 lessons, with nine words in each of 20 lessons. Answers in the back. 203 pgs, pb. ~ Sara
This 208-page book increases vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and boosts standards-based language arts skills. Each of the lessons teaches PSAT and/or SAT vocabulary words, which are made up of dynamic, real-life words students may encounter while reading or use in their writing.
Each lesson contains definitions, pronunciation keys, parts of speech, and alternate choices for each word made up of synonyms, idioms, and/or phrases. There are several activities, including a story involving students in a classroom setting.
Students complete a variety of exercises requiring critical reading and writing skills to contextualize the words. The exercises deliberately use other forms of the words as different parts of speech, so that students learn to recognize these forms as variations of the original words further expanding their vocabulary and enabling them to use the words in more contexts. The correct spelling of vocabulary words are emphasized with the jumble activity that asks students to unscramble the word before writing the correct spelling.
Whether used in the traditional classroom, as a homeschooling resource, or for independent study,Vocabulary Virtuosois a highly effective and fun vocabulary resource!
PSAT-SAT Book 1 180 Vocabulary Words and These Concepts:
Literary - characterization, idioms, euphemisms, puns, aphorisms, jargon, allusions, irony, theme
Rhetorical - The Art of Persuasion in Speech and Writing, Using the Extended Simile to Write a Poem
History- The Renaissance, Renaissance artists
Vocabulary is something many students glean from literature and their various subjects, but once a child really gets writing, a parent/teacher may notice words being repeated or bland variety. This is a time to supplement your language arts to help grow a child's vocabulary. These supplemental workbooks from The Critical Thinking Co. each have 15 lessons. Elementary has 10 words per lesson, while the Middle School version has 12. This may not seem like a lot, but the goal here is retention and application. You don't want so many words that kids quickly forget half of them. Each lesson has the same format, starting with a word list showing the part of speech, pronunciation, another word in the same family (abolish/abolition), a simple definition and several synonyms. You could go a step further and have a student make an index card for each word. The first exercise has sentences where you choose the correct word of 3 to fill in the blank. The next has a word bank/box at the top of the page and you choose words to fill the blanks in several sentences. Then comes a story with blanks and a word bank at the top. The next exercise gets tricky with a word scramble to match a word in a sentence. There are still 2 more exercises for that same word list: a matching the word/idiom/phrase with the vocabulary words and finally one where the student is completely writing a definition from memory. This last exercise could be used as a quiz if you desire. All answers are in the back. 172 perforated pages, SC. ~ Ruth