Overview: This unit plan is 18 weeks in length (or one semester). It includes words most commonly found on the SAT and other standardized tests and is presented in “clusters” with words of similar meanings. This provides a context which helps students to better acquire vocabulary. Students do the work in looking up word meaning rather than the teacher giving students this information; this is critical in their learning of these meanings. Students must also indicate the root, its meaning, and they must use the words in a sentence. Students must also prepare for a weekly test based on 20 words per week. This unit includes hundreds of SAT words. Using this clustered program will help your students acquire the vocabulary they need for tests like the SAT and for a better academic life.
Each week contains a list of 20 clustered words, test, and test key.
CCSS STANDARDS ALIGNMENT (9-10 & 11-12) Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9-10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word's position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., analyze, analysis, analytical; advocate, advocacy).
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.
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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.