Grades 6–12

Word study in context

Develop word study skills in less than 15 minutes per day.

Build word power through high-quality contemporary and classic literature, nonfiction, essays, and primary source texts. Each literature-based lesson focuses on ten Master Words with seven exercises of increasing complexity to extract meaning, apply vocabulary skills and strategies, and assess mastery. Students unlock word meaning through context clues and develop mastery using multiple research-based vocabulary strategies.

Interactive Editions include a range of digital learning tools to improve comprehension, use context clues, and assess proficiency.

Titles in This Program



  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 6 (Book F), Fifth Edition
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  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 7 (Book G), Fifth Edition
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  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 8 (Book H), Fifth Edition
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  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 9 (Book I), Fifth Edition
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  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 10 (Book J), Fifth Edition
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  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 11 (Book K), Fifth Edition
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  • Vocabu-Lit - Grade 12 (Book L), Fifth Edition
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Program Features & Resources


Research-Based Word Study

  • Words in context—all Master Words come from excerpts of high-quality texts including contemporary fiction, nonfiction, speeches, and primary sources.
  • Close reading—each lesson begins with students extracting context clues from the text to generate meaning for the Master Words.
  • Dictionary skills—by using the built-in dictionary, students compare their definitions to standard definitions, helping them identify both substantive and more nuanced differences.
  • Multiple exposures—a series of exercises of increasing complexity test recall and usage of the words in multiple forms.
  • Writing—short writing exercises ensure students can use the Master Words in their writing and speaking.
  • Morphology—students use affixes and broaden their knowledge of roots from Greek, Latin, and other linguistic sources.

Develop Close Reading Skills

Students learn multiple ways to extract meaning by reading selections two times—the first to check understanding, the second to identify context clues for the Master Words.

Multiple Exposures

  • Once students have the dictionary definition, each lesson then uses the Master Word in six varying settings—in context, through analogies, using synonyms/antonyms, and investigating shades of meaning and multiple meanings.
  • Lessons conclude with a short writing exercise using the Master Words.
  • Unit activities extend word study through activities using roots and affixes, idioms and sayings, academic language, and figurative language.

Full Year of Instruction

Six units (5 lessons per unit) provide a full year of instruction. A minimum of 50% of the lesson selections are from informational texts spanning all subject areas.

All the Support You Need

  • Unit Word Study—a review follows every five lessons and features classic roots and affixes and a section that focuses on idioms and sayings, academic vocabulary, or figurative language.
  • A Unit Assessment features words in context.
  • A Unit Writing Activity expands vocabulary learning.
  • Additional lesson, unit, and full-course tests are available as consumable Test Booklets.
  • Multiple activities for each targeted word include
    —close reading questions
    —using context clues
    —determining and verifying word meaning
    —using synonyms and antonyms
    —understanding shades of meaning
    —using multiple-meaning words
    —using related words
    —completing analogies
    —analyzing figurative language
    —understanding etymology
    —using idioms
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Interactive Editions

Vocabu-Lit® Interactive

  • Presents virtually all exercises in an auto-scored, digital format—saving teacher time and allowing for targeted intervention when necessary.
  • Includes highlighting, annotation, and note-taking tools designed to help students identify and transfer context clues.
  • Each lesson mirrors the print format for flexible online or blended implementation.
  • Increase text comprehension with Immersive Reader as needed.
  • Improve ability to extract context clues with Interactive Text.
  • Save time with autoscored exercises.
  • Identify struggling learners using reporting features.
  • Assess progress with lesson, unit, and summative tests.
Teacher Materials

Teacher Editions

Teacher Editions are available for every grade level—choose from print or interactive editions.

Test Booklets

Additional lesson, unit, and full-course tests are available as consumable test booklets.

Selections & Authors

Complete list of selections/authors/genres

All grade levels

Grade 6

Walter Lord, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Susan Cooper, John Steinbeck, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Anne Frank, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Norton Juster, Richard Wright, Midred D. Taylor, Carl Sandburg, Jules Verne, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth George Speare, Chief Joseph, Esther Hautzig, and more.

Grade 7

Anne Frank, Rosemary Sutcliff, Walt Whitman, Ann Petry, Rosa Parks, Walter Dean Myers, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Petroski, L. Frank Baum, Jules Verne, Julia Alvarez, Mary E. Wilkins, Ernest Hemingway, Anna Sewell, Lewis Carroll, and more.

Grade 8

Chief Seattle, Jack London, John Muir, Robert Frost, John Adams, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Crane, Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Defoe, Carl Sandburg, Louise Erdrich, Maya Angelou, Yoshiko Uchida, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John F. Kennedy, Ian Frazier, Oscar Wilde, Victor Hugo, Countee Cullen, Thomas J. Dygaard, and more.

Grade 9

Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller, Phoebe Eng, Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jack London, O. Henry, Bret Harte, James Thurber, Meriwether Lewis & William Clark, Dee Brown, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Henrik Ibsen, Stephen Crane, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rachel Carson, Jane Austen, Harper Lee, Alice Walker, and more.

Grade 10

Ovid, W.H. Auden & Anne Sexton, John Muir, Chinua Achebe, Isak Dinesen, Joseph Conrad, Nelson Mandela, John Keats, William Shakespeare, Sophocles, Richard Wilbur, Amy Tan, James Weldon Johnson, Patrick Henry, George Washington, Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, and more.

Grade 11

Phillis Wheatley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jack London, G.K. Chesterton, Willa Cather, Thomas Hardy, Rabindranath Tagore, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Butler, Toni Morrison, Zora Neal Hurston, John Donne, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more.

Grade 12

Doris Lessing, Alan Paton, Madeleine L'Engle, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare, Washington Irving, Samuel Pepys, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Pablo Neruda, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, Jane Austen, Stephen Crane, and more.

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