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Spelling and Vocabulary, Grades 9-12

Resources for Learning and Practicing Language Arts Skills

Found In: language arts9-12

Words and their meanings and spellings are the building blocks of communication. The following lessons, activities, games, and tools will help students and teachers in grades 9-12 develop reading and writing skills critical for all subjects.

Lesson Plans

Crossword Puzzles (Student Interactive)
Students in grades K-12 study content area vocabulary, practice grammar or parts of speech, or demonstrate what they have learned by creating crossword puzzles.

French Author Guy de Maupassant Was Born on this Day in 1850
Students in grades 9-12 read and then rewrite a de Maupassant short story, updating its vocabulary and setting to that of the 21st Century.

Brave New Words: Novice Lexicography and the Oxford English Dictionary
Students in grades 9-12 explore recent new entries to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), learn the process of writing entries for the OED, and write a new entry themselves.

Additional Lesson Plans

Activities & Games

Make Beliefs Comix! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages
Students in grades 6-12 use their vocabulary to make a three-panel comic.

Dictionary, vocabulary lists, and quiz activities for students in grades 9-12.

Background Resources


English Vocabulary (grades 6-12)
Define words correctly and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.



  • Vocabulary Games for the Classroom
    By Lindsey Carlton and Robert J. Marzano
    Marzano Research Laboratory (March 15, 2010
  • Teaching Basic and Advanced Vocabulary: A Framework for Direct Instruction
    By Robert J. Marzano
    Heinle (Cengage Learning) and Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (June 8, 2009)
  • Creating Robust Vocabulary: Frequently Asked Questions and Extended Examples
    By Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
    The Guilford Press (April 28, 2008)
  • Bringing Words to Life: Robust Vocabulary Instruction
    By Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan
    The Guilford Press (March 20, 2002)
  • Teaching English Spelling: A Practical Guide
    By Ruth Shemesh and Sheila Waller
    Cambridge University Press (March 13, 2000)
  • Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12
    By Janet Allen
    Stenhouse Publishers (January 1, 1999)


last updated: April 5, 2019


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