Full Semester Vocabulary Lessons for High School Students – Volume #1

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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95 slides (both Powerpoint and SMARTBoard); 95-page PDF of lecture slides; add'l handout
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Welcome to Words on Wednesday, a weekly lesson to build higher-level vocabulary in your college-bound students. These weekly lessons feature words commonly used on the SAT that educated adults also use in their everyday lives. Even if your students aren’t bound for a university, they’ll still benefit from knowing these words as they enter the work force.

Each lesson, which takes about 15 minutes, goes deep into understanding denotation and connotation of five separate words and includes definition, synonym, antonym, and a sentence relevant to a teenage audience. Instead of using a list of 10 words each week that students memorize and then promptly forget the next week, I’ve found more success with going deep on five words. We discuss them and use them in regular conversation. I’ve been delighted to see many of these words show up in students’ in-class writings, and they also excitedly point them out to me in passages that we read in class. This method helps words “stick” in their heads better than any other method I’ve tried in my 17 years as a high school teacher.

Most semesters run 18 weeks, but I’ve included 19 lessons in case you have an extra Wednesday (or whatever day you want to use them) in your school calendar. I have successfully used these lessons with upperclassmen and advanced underclassmen.

Package includes:
95 slides (19 lessons w/5 slides each) in both Notebook interactive format (for SMARTBoard users) and Powerpoint (for all users)
95-page PDF for student handouts (ideal for absent students, homeschoolers, or independent study – could also use as a shortcut for flashcards)
1-page overview list of the words for all 19 weeks (easy reference/checklist for you)

Take a closer look by clicking the “Preview” button above.

Want another semester of vocabulary lessons?
Click HERE for Words on Wednesday Volume 2 materials
Use these two products together for a FULL YEAR of ready-to-go vocabulary lessons.

NOTE: There are a total of FOUR semesters' worth of vocab. bundles available in my shop. So, for example, you could use two sets for your freshmen and the two other sets for your sophomores.

If you like this lesson pack, be sure to check out my other two weekly class-starting procedures, M.U.G. Shot Monday (mechanics, usage, and grammar) and Lit. Term Tuesday (featuring modern/pop culture examples of classic writing techniques).
Click here for Full-Semester of Grammar Lessons
Click here for Full-Semester of Literary Term Lessons

This product is included in the budget-priced full-year bundle of all of bell-ringer lessons. Click HERE for FULL YEAR grammar, lit. term, and vocab. materials

This item is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Total Pages
95 slides (both Powerpoint and SMARTBoard); 95-page PDF of lecture slides; add'l handout
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Spell correctly.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, or its etymology.
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


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