Building one's personal vocabulary is one important part of the learning process. It is essential in order for students learn to use context clues and inference skills in order to improve their reading level. This process builds a student's vocabulary skills as well as gives them real world words that they can connect to and that they are interested in.
The vocabulary worksheets are divided between a simpler version (academic) and a longer version (honors). They can be used as weekly homework or class work assignments. Students use anything they read (from their personal reading book to a doctor's pamphlet or news article) and find an unfamiliar word, or a familiar word being used in an unfamiliar way. They write the sentence the word appears in and then make a guess for the word's definition. They then look up to dictionary definition and copy it down to see how they did. Students can then use these words for various projects in the future, such as a word poster or a personal dictionary.
Another important skill to aid students in reading is being able to identify and understand various figurative language terms. This will aid them in understanding characterization, author's purpose, and help students understand their reading. Similarly to the vocabulary worksheets, the figurative language worksheets require students to find examples of figurative language in their own reading and copy them down. Students then need to label each example with the correct term and then explain and support their answer. Students must then explain what the example means in plain English. For example "It's raining cats and dogs" means that it is raining heavily. There is a simpler (academic) version as well as a longer (honors) version.