Vocabulary Bell-Ringers Vol. 2 for High School Students, Test Prep, CCSS

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Laura Randazzo
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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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I'm using this with my AP Literature students to help build their vocabulary skills. It's very useful!
I used these lists with my 8th grade accelerated kids to get them ready for honors English in high school.


Welcome to Words on Wednesday, a weekly bell-ringer/mini-lesson to build higher-level vocabulary with your high school students. These weekly lessons feature words commonly used on the SAT and ACT that educated adults also use in their everyday lives. Even if your students aren’t bound for a university, they’ll still benefit from adding these words to their vocabulary before they enter the work force.

Each lesson, which takes about 15 minutes, goes deep into understanding denotation and connotation of five words and includes definition, part of speech, synonym, antonym, and a sentence relevant to a teen audience. Instead of using a list of 10 words each week that students memorize and then promptly forget, I’ve found more success with going deep on five words. We discuss the words and use them in regular conversation. I’ve been delighted to see many of these words show up in our in-class writings, and students also excitedly point them out to me in passages that we read in class. This method helps words “stick” better than any other method I’ve tried in my 20+ 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 seniors, juniors, and advanced underclassmen.

Download includes:

95 slides (19 bell-ringer/mini-lessons of five slides each) in PDF, PowerPoint, SMARTBoard, and Google Slides formats

1-page master list of the vocabulary words in PDF to provide an easy reference/checklist

Want another semester of vocabulary lessons?

Click here for Vocabulary Builder Vol. 1

Click here for Vocabulary Builder Vol. 3

Click here for Vocabulary Builder Vol. 4

Want to fold more academic skill builders into your bell-ringer routine?

Click here to learn more about M.U.G. Shot Monday.

Click here to learn more about Lit. Term Tuesday.

Click here to learn more about Three of a Kind Thursday.

Click here to learn more about SSR Friday.

This product is included in the full-year bell-ringer vol. 1 bundle. Click here to read more about this discounted bundle that includes two M.U.G. volumes, one lit. term volume, and two vocabulary builder volumes.

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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95 slides (uneditable) in PDF, PowerPoint, SMARTBoard, and Google Slides
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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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