Reading and Vocabulary

Dear Friends,

     Reading is the key to success in school.  Reading allows students to learn new vocabulary, learn key concepts, and hopefully develop a desire to find new information and enjoyment through reading.

     Encourage your children to read at home.  Help them to select a variety of books, magazines, newspapers, and websites.  Students should read fictional texts for enjoyment.  They, too,  should read other material to gain specific information in sciene and social studies.  

     There is one simple way for your child to be a better reader.  She or he simply needs to read.  Below you will see a list of important words students need to know for success in Language Arts and Social Studies.


Vocabulalry for Language Arts specifically: 

conjunction, subordinating conjunction, coordinating conjunction, correlative conjunction, adjective, adverb, sidebar, text features, caption, subheading, modifier, context clue, compare and contrast, cause and effect, sequence, chronological, sequential, transition word, quotation mark (uses) semicolon, colon, salutation, narrative writing, expository writing, persuasive or argumentative writing, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms (homophone and homograph) subject pronoun, object pronoun, prepositon, prepositional phrase, dependent clause, independent clause, sentence fragment, interjection

Vocabulary for Social Studies:

Kansas-Nebraska Act, Missouri Comproise of 1820, Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Law, carpetbagger, scalawag, Reconstruction, Manifest Destiny, Buffalo Soldiers, Industrial Revolution, progressive, Fair Deal, Treaty of Versailles, economy, prosperity, Roaring' 20's, Great Depression, New Deal, Social Security, TVA, NASA, Watergate, charisma, communicator, monopoly, trusts, terrorism, terrorist, segreation, integration, communism, socialism, Cold War