Vocabulary Basics, 2/e, with Vocabulary Plus

Vocabulary Basics, 2/e, with Vocabulary Plus

Author: Judith Nadell and Beth Johnson

ISBN/SKU: 978-1-59194-449-2

Year: 2015

Page Count: 258

Reading Level: 4-6


Weight: 1.600

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The most fundamental book in the Townsend Press Vocabulary Series,

PLUS a 10-month subsciption to Vocabulary Plus!

Key Features


An intensive words-in-context approach.  Each new word is presented in ten different settings. Practices include sentence-completion activities and high-interest passages. And to develop students' "ownership" of the new words, they are also asked to use the words in speaking and writing situations. No comparable book gives such sustained attention to the words-in-context approach.

Sensitivity to the needs of basic students.  Words and pronunciations are presented in easy-to-understand ways, sentence structure is kept simple, and paragraphs are kept brief. At the same time, the book uses a friendly, accessible tone that never condescends.

Common Core Aligned: TP’s Vocabulary Series is a comprehensive, research-based approach to vocabulary instruction aligned with the Common Core Standards for Vocabulary in Grades 6-12. Each book in the series presents vocabulary words in multiple contexts, giving students ample practice in determining “the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.” In addition, the words-in-context approach requires students to actively figure out definitions though analysis using explicit or inferred meaning—a benchmark of the Common Core.* Looking for a Common Core aligned program to improve students’ vocabulary for success in school and beyond? With TP's Vocabulary Series, you've got it. *Common Core Standards RL.6.4, 7.4, 8.4, 9-10.4, 11-12.4

Appealing content.  The wide variety of activities keeps students motivated. The lively, realistic, and even humorous practice materials grab students' attention and enhance learning. 

Abundant practice. In addition to the extensive practice in each chapter, there are unit tests or review activities, crossword puzzle reviews, repeated words from one chapter to the next, and opportunities for using the words in discussion and writing.  There are also added tests in the Test Bank and the Online Learning Center. All this practice means that students learn in the best possible way: by working closely and repeatedly with each word. 

Outstanding Supplements. Supplements include a Vocabulary Placement Test, an Instructor's Edition, a combined Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, and online exercises that teach as well as test. 

Excellent price. While the book is comprehensive enough to serve as a primary text, its modest net price of $11.90 ($16.90 when purchased with Vocabulary Plus) also makes it an inexpensive supplement in basic skills classes.