Vocabu-Lit D Student Book (soft cover)
Combine vocabulary building with exposure to quality literature and what do you get? Vocabu-Lit! In each of the 36 lessons, a short (half-page) segment of literature is provided. The 10 master words to be studied in the lesson are shown in bold print in the reading selection. Our sample was from the 8th grade book, and featured such authors as Robert Louis Stevenson, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Daniel Defoe, and Charles Dickens. Literature selections included segments from Black Beauty, Red Badge of Courage, Robinson Crusoe, Call of the Wild, and A Christmas Carol. Vocabulary exercises include writing a definition of each word before and after looking it up in the dictionary, choosing synonyms and antonyms from a list provided, filling in the master words in analogies, and filling in the master words in a sentence. The teacher edition is a copy of the student book with the answers filled in. Please note that the publisher is gradually converting the teacher editions from printed copies to PDF format on CD. Vocabulary words chosen are appropriate for the grade level. Encourage students to increase vocabulary and knowledge of good literature simultaneously.
The folks at Perfection Learning heard your requests for Vocabu-Lit for younger students. The same quality Vocabu-Lit program is now available for 2nd through 5th grade. Levels B, C, and D (2nd-4th) have appealing kid-friendly graphics, larger font, wider spacing, fewer lessons (20-24 as opposed to 36 in levels F through L), and word lists of 8 to 10 words. Level E contains 32 lessons, but follows the same general format as levels F through L.
We break it up for the week as follows:
Mon: Exercise 1 & 2
Tues: Exercise 3, 4 & 5
Wed: Exercise 6
Thurs: Exercise 7
Vocab usually takes about 15-20 minutes to complete depending on the day.
I didn't give 5 stars as I feel there is still room for improvement. I feel that the words are often a little too easy. Also, they focus on the word based on how it is used in the literary passage. This makes sense and most often the word is used as its most common part of speech. However, there are a few that get a tad confusing because the "common" way of using the word isn't how it's used in the text. That sometimes confuses my son because he thinks of the word as a verb, for example, but in the text it's used as a noun. Not a huge deal and it's good for him to have to reread the passage and think more critically. Overall I like the book.
The teacher manual for level "D" includes the tests and answer keys. However, the test does not "rip out" of the book and the manual specifically says that photocopies are prohibited. I am not certain how they expect you to actually administer the exam! The exams are simple enough so we have taken to giving them orally and my son simply writes his response on a separate paper.
The teacher manual isn't really necessary for correcting the exercises at this level, but it does make it a whole lot quicker and easier! I personally don't want to do each assignment in whole to correct the work so I purchase the teacher manual!
over 3 years ago