Power Plus Vocabulary Book 2 Lesson 11 Homework

High school English teachers know the importance of exposing students to new vocabulary, not only in preparation for the SAT/ACT but for the college classroom and beyond. Anyone who’s written a high school syllabus, however, knows how precious lesson time is, and how difficult it can be to fit in all the things we want to teach—even the things we know are important, like vocabulary.

That’s why we were intrigued when we heard about Vocabulary Power Plus for College and Career Readiness. This series of workbooks from Prestwick House features four different levels of difficulty. Each level is divided into units of 15 words with definitions, including synonyms and antonyms and accompanying exercises.

Vocabulary Power Plus is different from other workbook series we’ve seen because instead of completing exercises passively, students are prompted to think critically and produce creative, informed work. The reading passages are current and relevant to our modern world. The activities challenge students in important and authentic ways while requiring virtually no teacher prep. Students can easily complete the exercises as homework or a warm-up activity, and most importantly, they ENJOY doing them!

In one exercise, students complete sentences by choosing the word from a bank, but in another, more subjective exercise, students get the first half of a sentence—including the vocabulary word. Then, they compose the ending of the sentence in a way that demonstrates their knowledge of the word. For example: For “You might alienate your friends if you …,” a student completes the sentence any number of ways to demonstrate his or her understanding of the word (“refuse to shower,” “are rude to them”).


If you’re looking to reinforce sentence structure with your students (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), each unit comes with exercises geared toward identifying sentence errors (similar to the SAT style of questions) and improving sentences (swapping problematic wording for a better phrase).

All of the exercises are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and a handy chart in the back shows which lessons connect to which standards—a huge timesaver when you have to turn in correlations to your administration.

Here are three ways you might use Vocabulary Power Plus in the classroom:

  1. Invite students to complete the different exercises as 10-minute warm-up assignments at the beginning of class over the course of a week.
  2. Use the activities as a springboard to talk about style and word choice in the books you’re currently reading in class.
  3. Use the critical-reading passages as combo practice for in-class vocab quizzes as well as state assessments like PARCC or Smarter Balanced.

Want to try Vocabulary Power Plus in your own classroom? Visit PrestwickHouse.com and save over $100 in an exclusive deal for WeAreTeachers readers!

 

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Teaching and Assessing Vocabulary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vStudent Progress Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .viiScoring Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .viii

Unit 1

Lesson 1Using Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1Lesson 2Using Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3Lesson 3Word Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5Lesson 4Word Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7Lesson 5Using Reference Skills—Using a Dictionary Entry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Unit 2

Lesson 6Using Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13Lesson 7Recognizing Base Words . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15Lesson 8Prefixes That Mean

not

or

the opposite of

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17Lesson 9Using Reading Skills

Learning from Context: Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Unit 3

Lesson 10Using Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23Lesson 11Prefixes That Tell Where . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25Lesson 12Greek Word Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27Lesson 13Suffixes That Form Nouns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29Lesson 14Using Reference Skills

Using a Thesaurus: Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33

Unit 4

Lesson 15Using Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35Lesson 16Using Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37Lesson 17Prefixes That Tell When . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39Lesson 18Using Reading Skills

Learning from Context: Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Unit 5

Lesson 19Using Context Clues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45Lesson 20Using Synonyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47Lesson 21Latin Word Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49Lesson 22Suffixes That Form Adjectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51Lesson 23Using Reading Skills

Learning from Context: Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

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