|Publisher: Perfection Learning
Review last updated: July 2012
This is one of my 101 Top Picks!
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The Vocabu-Lit series begins each lesson with an excerpt from a book, story, essay, poem, or speech. Within each literary piece, ten vocabulary words in bold become the focus of each lesson as students encounter the words in a number of ways to develop a nuanced understanding of each word’s meaning. After the literary piece, the layout in the first three books (B through D for grades 2 through 4) differs from that of the rest of the series (Books E through L for grades 5 through 12).
In Books B through D, students first copy definitions for each word from the dictionary in the back of their books. The next exercise focuses on context clues as students fill in the blanks with the correct words; in books for grades 3 and 4 students also circle the context clue within the sentence. Students identify synonyms and antonyms and work with word relationships in the next two sections. There are still two more activities for each lesson! One of them uses a graphic organizer to work with words. For example, one graphic organizer presents a word web for students to identify words or phrases from the story that relate to a particular topic. The final activity is a puzzle of some sort that uses the words from that week’s list. Grade 2 exercises differ from those in the other two lower-level books. They are simpler with students doing such things as circling yes/no answers or selecting one of two answers by checking a box. They skip the graphic organizers, but they do include puzzles and some composition activities.
In books for grades 5 and up, the first exercise challenges students to provide a definition of the word working from prior knowledge and context. This serves as sort of a pre-test. Students then look up and write the definitions from a dictionary, comparing these with their own definitions. The next exercise works with antonyms and synonyms; students are encouraged to consult a dictionary. Work with analogies stretches students beyond synonyms and antonyms into cause-effect and other types of word relationships. The next exercise seems easier as students fill in the blanks of ten sentences with the correct word. The final exercise varies with crossword puzzles, word spirals, word association games, story writing, drawing, and other activities.
There are either three or four review lessons within each book that test students on words learned over a number of lessons. Separate tests are available but they are sold in classroom sets and are likely too expensive for most homeschoolers to user. The review lessons should give students sufficient accountability.
The teacher editions, available only on CD-ROM, are a copy of the student text with overprinted answers. You can easily skip the teacher edition for second grade, but you will probably want them for other levels to save you time even if you can easily figure out the answers yourself.
I particularly like this series for a number of reasons: the use of literary excerpts, the variety of activities, the selection of words (challenging yet more practical than in some other resources), and reasonable cost.
Sample pages are available at the publisher’s website.
Vocabu-Lit: Building Vocabulary Through Literature Book J
Vocabu-Lit: Building Vocabulary Through Literature, Book H
Vocabu-lit Book G
Vocabu-lit Book F: Building Vocabulary Through Literature
Vocabu-Lit: Building Vocabulary Through Literature: Book D
Vocabu-Lit (Teachers Guide, Book B)
Vocabu-Lit: Building Vocabulary Through Literature Book K
Vocabu-Lit Book E Teacher Guide (Perfection Learning)
Perfection Learning Corporation
Vocabuilt Level E
Vocabu-Lit, Book C
Vocabu-Lit B Student Book
- Suitable for: independent work
Audience: grades 2-12
Need for parent/teacher instruction: minimal
Prep time needed: none
Teacher's manual: answer key on CD-ROM
Religious perspective: secular
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