Teach Vocabulary in the Context of Reading

Help students build word and world knowledge and improve their comprehension of complex texts with new lessons for Grades 6–8 that put vocabulary in the context of reading.

Too often, vocabulary gets in the way of reading comprehension, leaving students frustrated and disengaged with the texts they are reading. The latest research on the Science of Reading supports an integrated approach to vocabulary and reading comprehension instruction. Our new Vocabulary lessons for Grades 6–8 use research-based vocabulary instruction strategies that turn vocabulary from a barrier into a key that can unlock deep comprehension of texts for your students.


Preteach the Vocabulary They'll Encounter in Comprehension Texts

This new lesson sequence introduces thematically related Vocabulary lessons into the Comprehension domain, exposing students to challenging academic vocabulary that is essential for understanding passages in upcoming Reading Comprehension lessons. With this integrated approach, students build a web of knowledge that reinforces meaning, increases depth of knowledge, and improves retention. 

Empower Students to Choose

The new lessons give students what they really want: choice. Students consider how well they now know the words they have been interacting with throughout the set of lessons and can make a choice at the end to review and practice the words or move directly to the quiz.

Make It Stick

The Science of Reading makes it clear that engagement is a key strategy for teaching vocabulary. In the new lessons, students get the opportunity to self-evaluate how well they know each word before and after a lesson and reflect on how they connect to certain words, how words connect to each other, and which words they find personally meaningful.

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