Educators increasingly recognize that vocabulary development is at the heart of literacy achievement. Students who understand texts as they read, draw meaning from words, and apply them correctly have a better chance of excelling in a variety of subjects—whereas your students who lack those skills will be hampered in subjects beyond literacy, such as math, science, and history.
To ensure your students’ mastery of vocabulary, your classroom should be well-stocked with excellent, effective vocabulary resources. The best programs for your students will cover direct, academic vocabulary through multiple exposures and words in context, and the best programs for you will integrate seamlessly into your literacy lessons, while providing the content you need—like preparation for the SAT/ACT.
Designed to develop the link between vocabulary and reading comprehension, Wordly Wise 3000® is a complete K-12 program that will help your students with grade-level literature and content-area reading. In the younger K-1 grades, the foundation for literary success is laid through explicit oral vocabulary instruction. With a flexible lesson plan consisting of 20-25 minute lessons, 3-4 days a week, your young readers will find the support they need. For students in grades 2-5, instruction become more sophisticated as they learn critical thinking skills, context clues, analogies, and more over time. Once in middle and high school, the focus shifts to include words commonly found on high-stakes tests, while reinforcing skills such as multiple meaning words and using word parts to determine meaning.
For a more specific set of word skills, Vocabulary from Classical Roots® is ideal for your students who are exposed to Greek- and Latin-based words in content areas like science, literature, or mathematics. Over 60% of the English language comprises of words derived from either Greek or Latin, and this program teaches your grade 4-11 students valuable strategies to memorize word meaning or encounter new words successfully based on etymology. Assign exercises as homework, small group work, or incorporate them into whole class lessons.
Both programs are published by EPS Literacy and Intervention, the leader in developing and publishing literacy programs that help struggling students—such as those with dyslexia or other reading difficulties—for decades. Our mission is to provide teachers like you with the right materials to support your students so they can continue to meet their goals.