Vocabulary for ELA, 100 Key Terms for High School English Students

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
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If your kids are struggling on standardized tests because of the vocabulary, then you will definitely want to try teaching through this word list. I scoured through standards, test prep questions, writing prompts, etc. to create this list of 100 words that every high school English should know. This ELA terms vocabulary pack allows you to review and assess the key 100 words every high school English student should know!

Student Experience: Identity what Tier 3 words your students know and need to with the pre/post test of the words. Then, all semester long you can embed the words into your lessons, and review the terms with the fun, interactive games included in this pack.

*Tier 3 vocabulary words can be described as words that do not occur as frequently and are highly specific to the context. These words tend to be found in a particular subject as opposed to within varying contexts.


- editable 100 word list

- editable 100 word pre/post-test (matching) with answers and word bank

- editable 100 word wall

- editable 50 word review game cards to use with any board game or as flash cards

- editable Writing Terms Dominoes Game

- editable Poetry Terms Human Matching Race Game

- editable Info Text Features Review Game

- editable Elements of Literature Vocabulary, Literary Terms I Have/Who Has Game

Download the preview file for examples of what's included AND a FREE copy of the list!!

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updated 2019

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of 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 encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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