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Vocabulary Virtuoso: PSAT-SAT Book 1

Grades: 8-12+

Language Arts

Grades: 8-12+

Language Arts

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This 208-page book increases vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and boosts standards-based language arts skills. Each of the lessons teaches PSAT and/or SAT vocabulary words, which are made up of dynamic, real-life words students may encounter while reading or use in their writing.

Each lesson contains definitions, pronunciation keys, parts of speech, and alternate choices for each word made up of synonyms, idioms, and/or phrases. There are several activities, including a story involving students in a classroom setting.

Students complete a variety of exercises requiring critical reading and writing skills to contextualize the words. The exercises deliberately use other forms of the words as different parts of speech, so that students learn to recognize these forms as variations of the original words— further expanding their vocabulary and enabling them to use the words in more contexts. The correct spelling of vocabulary words are emphasized with the jumble activity that asks students to unscramble the word before writing the correct spelling.

Whether used in the traditional classroom, as a homeschooling resource, or for independent study, Vocabulary Virtuoso is a highly effective and fun vocabulary resource!

PSAT-SAT Book 1 — 180 Vocabulary Words and These Concepts:
Literary - characterization, idioms, euphemisms, puns, aphorisms, jargon, allusions, irony, theme
Rhetorical - The Art of Persuasion in Speech and Writing, Using the Extended Simile to Write a Poem
History - The Renaissance, Renaissance artists

Product Details

Item#: 11211BBP
Author(s): Nancy Forderer
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-936-8
Pages: 208, perforated


The Old Schoolhouse® Homeschool Review Crew's Favorite Vocabulary Resource: 2021 Blue Ribbon Award Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2016

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"Here's what my 14 year old high schooler thought about the book. "The book is very difficult for people who aren't the best with words, but it is definitely good at teaching all of the different words. I already knew some words, but I didn't know others. I learned them eventually by completing all of the activities that I had to do with the words. The cover of the book is deceiving because it looked like a little kids books and that I thought that it was going to be undermining my ability. Then I opened the books and quickly realized that it is not for little kids. It is actually a very detailed book. It showed me words that I have never seen or heard before. It also showed me how confusing the English language is. It's our language, so I need to learn it. It's better to know something and not use it than to not learn something and need it."" - Felicia Mollohan,
"This vocabulary book fit in perfectly with my son's high school routine. I recommend this for any high school student who wants to improve their vocabulary. " - Jennifer,
"My son is a struggling learner so he has not taken any testing yet and this is just the perfect book to continue his practice that we have used other programs for in the past. This book will definitely help him prepare. It helps him build his vocabulary that will help his comprehension in critical reading. The lessons consist of stories that help your student with concepts in language arts, literature and humanities. I really like the way the lessons are laid out and feel that it helps your student get good immersion into the words and gives them a chance to get good comprehension and retention of the words. The activities involved cause your student to really think about the definitions and allow them to practice using the words in sentences and stories to get better comprehension." - Homestead Mom,
"This is an excellent program. The majority of the words I had never heard of before, which made it all the more interesting to learn what they meant. With all of the different activities, I learned how to use the words in many different ways. This will definitely help me on the SAT. My favorite exercise was Exercise C because they give you the context and you have to find the word that goes within the context of the story." - Brailey And Pee Dee Mama,
"In each lesson, the vocabulary words are used in a variety of activities, all in the proper context. This really helps solidify these words into your student's growing vocabulary. Each word list contains the definition, pronunciation and synonyms. The lists also use the words in concepts like idioms, puns, jargon, irony, euphemisms, aphorisms, allusions and theme. Each lesson has 6 different activities to complete, including a reading comprehension passage called the Story Challenge. This is a huge boost for the critical reading section of the standardized test! Some activities include completing the sentence, unscrambling the word, writing the word, idiom or phrase to show comprehension of the new word in context. It's a painless way to add vocabulary building skills into your student's day. I highly recommend it! " - Bentz,
"Vocabulary Virtuoso: PSAT-SAT Book 1 increases vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and boosts standard-based language arts skills. Each of the lists teaches PSAT and/or SAT vocabulary words, which are made up of dynamic, real-life words students may encounter while reading or use in their writing. Upon completion, students will have mastered 180 vocabulary words, and become a virtuoso, a person who has great skill at some endeavor. Vocabulary Virtuoso PSAT-SAT Book 1 has been highly effective in teaching my daughter new vocabulary words, as well as building her confidence in every day reading comprehension." - Susan Reed,

Test preparation available for the following:

Vocabulary Virtuoso: PSAT-SAT Book 1 prepares students for top performance on assessment tests, including
ACT® Test
Preliminary SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT)
Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
and more!