There is no disputing the relationship between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension. The bottom line: if a student does not know the meanings of a sufficient proportion of words or phrases then comprehension is impossible. And what's a body to do when there is not a context clue in sight? Imagine stumbling upon the "white alley", "Old Scratch", or the dreaded "bully taw" in the early chapters of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and being so discouraged as to abandon the entire book? Enter "The Universal Translator" (of Star Trek fame)! This functional tool serves to unlock those challenging doors of obsolete words, expressions, and colloquialisms, while still leaving enough room for vocabulary instruction from the teacher. The Universal Translator chooses terms that are not likely part of a vocabulary study but which are important to understanding the main ideas of the novel. These terms are briefly defined and presented in the same tense as they appear in the story on task card size, which are color-coded by chapter on a PDF file. The translator is exceedingly helpful for independent reading, SSR, summer reading lists, or any independent reading activity in or out of the classroom.
This product is for chapter 1 only. For the full product see:
Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Vocabulary, Idioms, and Slang Translations