Vocabu-Lit 5th Edition


This literature-based vocabulary program (copyright 2020) sports a few new "tweaks" from its much-appreciated forerunners. Based on passages from a variety of literature (classic and contemporary fiction, non-fiction, speeches, and primary sources), lessons include ten words per passage, and involve a wide range of exercises. Each lesson starts with a "First Read" activity (new with this edition); providing thought-provoking questions about the passage. Vocabulary exercises include using context clues, synonyms/antonyms, sentence completion, shades of meaning, and analogies. Each lesson concludes with a "Write About It" activity.

The 30 lessons are organized into six units. Each unit concludes with a Unit Word Study that includes classic roots and affixes, idioms and sayings. Unit Assessments provide experience and practice for standardized tests and feature passages followed by multiple-choice questions and a writing prompt based on topics/themes in the unit.

The selected passages and word lists are the same as those in the Common Core edition. Taken as a whole, these passages are interesting and informative; the accompanying exercises are challenging. The Teacher Edition contains the student pages with answers filled in. All instruction is written directly to the student in the Student Book. The addition of an accent color in the Student Book is a welcome change. ~ Janice

Teaching Method
Teacher-centered curriculum commonly used in classrooms that may include a text, teacher manual, tests, etc.
Charlotte Mason
A methodology based on the work of a 19th century educator who maintained that children learn best from literature (Living Books), not textbooks.
A methodology based on the Latin Trivium (three stages of learning), including the grammar stage (memorization and facts), logic stage (critical thinking), and rhetoric stage (developing/defending ideas).
Unit Study
A thematic or topical approach centered around one topic that integrates multiple subject areas.
Montessori (Discovery)
A methodology based on the work of a 20th century educator that emphasizes student and sensory-driven discovery learning and real-life applications.
Religious Content
Faith-based or including instructional religious content.
Avoids religious or theoretical topics or presents multiple viewpoints without preference.
Contains content contrary to common Christian beliefs (i.e. evolution).
Learning Modality
Learns through listening, talking out loud or reading out loud.
Learns through seeing, prefers written instructions and visual materials.
Kinesthetic/Tactile (Hands-On)
Learns through moving, doing and touching.
Curriculum that employ a variety of activities/components.
Curriculum progresses through well-defined learning objectives. Emphasizes mastery before moving to the next topic.
Topics and concepts are repeated from level to level, adding more depth at each pass and connecting with review.
Focus is on the “why,” often with a unifying concept as well as specific skills; coverage may be broader.
Teacher Involvement
Low Teacher Involvement
Student-led materials; parent acts as a facilitator.
Medium Teacher Involvement
A mix of teacher-led time and independent student work.
High Teacher Involvement
Teacher-led lessons; may utilize discussions, hands-on activities and working together.
Additional Materials Required
No other materials needed
Everything you need is included.
Other Materials Required
There are additional required resources that are a separate purchase.
Other Materials Optional
There are additional resources mentioned or recommended but are not absolutely necessary.
Designed to be written in; not reusable.
Not designed to be written in; reusable.