Pwerful Vocabulary for Reading Success

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Teacher Materials: How to Use
A Flexible Program

Powerful Vocabulary for Reading Success is flexible. You may use it as a complete independent vocabulary program for students in Grades 3-6 or as a supplement to your current reading program. Based upon your objectives you may find certain adaptations of its content helpful.

As an Independent Vocabulary Program: If you wish to use Powerful Vocabulary as your primary vehicle for teaching vocabulary, we recommend that you teach its lessons in the order in which they occur in the program. This will enable students to use the more basic skills they acquired in the initial lessons to learn more difficult words and vocabulary concepts in the later lessons.

As a Supplement to a Reading Program: If you wish to use this program as a supplement to your current reading program, present the lessons in the order in which they occur in that program. This means that if you are teaching prefixes in your reading program, use the prefix lesson form Powerful Vocabulary for Reading Success at the same time. In addition, if your reading program falls short in teaching a particular vocabulary learning strategy such as using context clues, enhance the instruction by using the lessons in this program.

This program can also be used as a bridge between your students’ current and targeted levels of performance. For example, if you discover that a student is weak in a specific vocabulary area, select the appropriate lesson from Powerful Vocabulary to use to build needed skills.

Program Structure

Each grade level of the program contains four chapters. Each chapter develops a specific set of vocabulary-building abilities:

Chapter 1: Context Clues
Chapter 2: Words and Their Parts
Chapter 3: Content Words
Chapter 4: Words and Their Histories

You can take a more in-depth peak into these chapters under the Student Materials section of this site.