Tight Vocabulary and Figurative Language Activities for Middle School Reading

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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Take the guesswork out of finding vocabulary for a novel! Provided is a list of 30-50 vocabulary words pulled directly from the text with the page numbers referenced for your convenience. These vocabulary words were chosen for their complexity, unfamiliarity, or their relationship to the subject matter. The vocabulary list also includes a dictionary definition and part of speech for the word as it is used in the book.

Accompanying these words are some standard vocabulary activities to be used with any word and at least one activity dealing with the author’s us of figurative language. The activities help students dig into the meanings and connotations of words. They also get students applying the words to everyday life. Some activities are pretty straightforward while others are a little more creative. Find what works best for you!

Included in this Resource:

  • A comprehensive list of 30-50 vocabulary words pulled from the text
  • 1-2 activities centered on the author’s use of figurative language
  • 4-5 activities focused on word usage, connotations, and relationships
  • Answer keys (when necessary)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
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.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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