Expand working vocabulary using a semantic approach. Students get in-depth practice with word relationships in six essential skill areas.
- Understand and use a rich vocabulary
- Use specific strategies to learn word relationships
- Meet academic goals for curricular vocabulary
Each book in this popular set has:
- clear, concise directions for students with limited language proficiency
- a pretest/posttest
- light demands for reading and writing
- a variety of learning formats including matching, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, games, and more
Each book targets a specific vocabulary skill. The books may be purchased as a 6-book set or individually. The 6-book set consists of:
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Antonyms
Learn the relationship of words that have opposite meanings. Identify adjective, noun, verb, and adverb antonyms, replace antonyms in sentences, use antonyms in sentences, and complete antonym analogies.
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Associations
Recognize associations between words and organize vocabulary by word associations such as category association, association by function, homonyms, exclusion, word-topic association, and more.
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Multiple-Meaning Words
Increase flexibility in vocabulary and thinking by recognizing and using multiple meanings for words. Match words and meanings, switch meanings in sentences, and generate multiple meanings for words.
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Roots, Prefixes and Suffixes
Learn that words are made up of smaller parts that have meaning and impact the total word. Understand the function of the root word, prefix and suffix; identify the root; and use the parts to make words.
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Synonyms
Learn that synonyms are words that mean the same thing with shades of differences. Recognize a true synonym and how the slight differences in meaning influence usage.
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 Word Origins
Learn eight ways words come into the English vocabulary: word origin, compound words, blended words, acronyms, clipped words, eponyms, slang, and cultural and regional vocabulary.
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- Successful reading comprehension is highly correlated with vocabulary development (Pressley, 2000).
- "The importance of vocabulary in reading achievement has been recognized for more than half a century." (National Reading Panel, 2000).
- A systematic approach to teaching vocabulary, including direct and indirect instruction, teaches students that vocabulary is important for learning language and for reading (Beck, McKeown, & Kucan, 2002).
- Vocabulary instruction is a cornerstone of reading comprehension. Repeated exposures to words expands students' vocabulary and improves scores on standardized tests (Stahl & Fairbanks, 1986).
Spotlight on Vocabulary Level 2 incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
Beck, I.L., McKeown, M.G., & Kucan, L. (2002). Bringing words to life: Robust vocabulary instruction. Solving problems in the teaching of literacy. New York: Guilford Press.
National Reading Panel. (2000). Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction. Washington, D.C.: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Pressley, M.L. (2000). What should comprehension instruction be the instruction of? In M.L. Kamil, P.B. Mosenthal, P.D. Pearson, & R. Barr (Eds.), Handbook of Reading Research (Vol. III). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Stahl, S.A., & Fairbanks, M.M. (1986). The effects of vocabulary instruction: A model-based meta-analysis. Review of Educational Research, 56, 71-110.