Language Arts
Complete High School Unit - 100 Vocabulary Words Every High School Student Should Know
Category: Language Arts
Tags: language arts 9th 10th 11th 12th

wz 297 gWhy is a Strong Vocabulary Important?

We use spoken and written words every single day to communicate ideas, thoughts, and emotions to those around us. Sometimes we communicate successfully, and sometimes we’re not quite so successful. “That’s not what I meant!” becomes our mantra (an often repeated word or phrase). However, a good vocabulary can help us say what we mean. All too often, High School students do not obtain (or maintain) the vocabulary they should have. That is why this unit can be a valuable tool in your arsenal!

Vocabulary - 100 Vocabulary Words Every High Schooler should know

This COMPLETE 'Print & Go' Unit centers around the 100 words that every High School student should know! This 99 page resource includes student handouts, flash cards, worksheets, puzzles, quizzes and a final exam!





Student Handouts: - Complete list of all 100 words with definitions - 10 separate lists (breaking up the words in groups of 10) with definitions

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Flash Cards: - These are for students to complete by defining the words and use as a study aid. wz 297 e


Worksheets - Worksheets that focus on 10 words at a time (correlates with the separate lists (under Student Handouts). These worksheets ask students to spell the words correctly (unscramble), alphabetize the words and write the definitions. Puzzles - 10 Crossword puzzles focusing on the 10 words at a time in which students are given the definitions and must complete the puzzle with the correct vocabulary word. Quizzes/Tests - 10 Quizzes that ask students to match the word to the correct definition and use each word in a sentence.

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Final Exam - The final is multiple choice and includes 30 definitions/words from the entire 100 words included within the unit.

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Sample words: abjure, abrogate, auspicious,
 enervate, enfranchise, fiduciary, hegemony, 
interpolate, nihilism, orthography, precipitous,

soliloquy, usurp


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Let's talk...Writing Centers
Category: Language Arts
Tags: education language arts creative writing centers homeschool

Today, I want to talk about Writing Centers. Do you have one? As a public school teacher and then as a homeschooling mom, I always had a writing center and it was always a cherished space, not just for me but for my students!

Why have a Writing Center?

To encourage creativity and good habits for budding writers!

What is a Writing Center?

It is simply a comfortable place where students can write. A place where materials are kept that spark their creativity!

Whether you have a classroom, co-op space or homeschool at the kitchen table, make your Writing Center as inviting and inspiring as possible. Provide a place that is quiet and organized. A place that will spark the imagination and foster a love for the written word.

Students of what ages/grades benefit from having a Writing Center?

Students of ALL ages and grades will benefit, from PreK-12th grade. If you are teaching PreK, create a fun place where students can put crayon to paper, practice drawing, coloring, printing, etc. Talk to them about their creations in the writing center. Have students create 'oral' stories about their creations!

As children grow, simply keep the writing center available (and busy) with age/grade level creative work. Encourage their imaginations. Challenge their creativity and allow them to explore their ever growing ability to create!

Writing Centers can be used for all types of writing and all ages.

Here are some practical ways you can build either a portable or permanent writing center:

Find a Space - Consider how much room you have. Are you homeschooling in tight quarters or do you have a classroom at your disposal?

If you are tight on space, create a portable center. You can do so by keeping everything in a large tub or container that can be stored when not in use. You can also consider storing supplies using the following items:

Over-the-door pocket shoe organizer
Stacking letter trays for paper
Storage cupboards, tubs, bins, or baskets


If you have ample room at your disposal, why not designate a 'Writing Center only space' using a small table or desk that is set off to the side?

Equip Your Writing Center- Gather your writing supplies and store them in or near your chosen writing center. Before buying anything new, look to see what supplies are already lying around the classroom and house. (It's a good idea to keep these supplies separate so they're always handy at writing time.) Reference tools to have include:

Alphabet charts (posted at eye level to serve as penmanship models)
Reference tools like a children's dictionary, electronic speller, or children's thesaurus.
Posters showing steps in the writing process


Gather tools for brainstorming and writing -

Writing Prompts
Crayons, markers, pencils
Grade level writing paper


Provide tools for publishing final drafts

Glue, glue sticks, tape
Rubber stamps, stickers
Scissors, stapler, hole punch, yarn scraps
Solid-color construction or scrapbooking paper


Finding Resources for your Writing Center

CHSH-Teach has many downloadable resources that you may use. Here are some of those resources...

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Find basic resources to start a writing center such as posters and more.

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Find fun 'shape books' for students to use!

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Find daily writing prompts for every day of the year!

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Find a variety of 'helps' that will help students organize their writing.

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Find 1" to 1/2" lined/dashed paper to print and go.

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Find mini-book templates that students can use to create any 'little' book!

These are not the only resources on CHSH-Teach that can be used but you'll be off to a good start

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Interactive Learning - ab Word Family
Category: Language Arts
Tags: reading skills templates notebooking lapbooking

Interactive Learning - ab Word Family

CAUTION: Fun, interactive learning contained within this unit with 47 student pages for students to color, cut, paste, and write!

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Why interactive learning? Students must use multiple senses to create interactive notebooks and lapbooks. Typically, the more a student interacts with the materials (through different senses) the better they retain the knowledge. That's why I've created this unit! Topic: -ab Word Family What you'll find in this download:

  • Flashcards
  • Puzzle Cards
  • Templates for interactive notebooks, lapbooking and/or center activities
  • Worksheets for matching, writing, cut and glue
  • Mini-Book PLUS a template for students to create the own
  • Posters

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Words contained within the unit:

Most mentioned: cab, dab, lab, tab, grab, crab, jab, gab
Also mentioned: blab, flab, scab, slab, stab, drab, nab

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