The Literacy Cookbook COVERVerbal Workout ( is a tremendous resource, particularly for high school teachers (and parents) who want to help students strengthen their vocabulary.

It includes key vocabulary words (esp. SAT words) from many, many commonly-read texts and provides lists (sortable in various ways, such as by chapter or frequency) and quizzes.  Moreover, it’s a great source to see lists of commonly-read texts, esp. if you are writing/revising curriculum:

—  Books Most Commonly Assigned in the 2011-12 HS Year According to a Renaissance Learning Survey

—  Books Most Commonly Read by High School Students (via Accelerated Reader)

—  Books Most Cited by AP Literature Open Response Questions Since 2000

—  College Board’s 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

I recommend viewing the two brief (2-4 min.) video tutorials so you can see how to gain maximum benefit from this resource.  Then you’ll be on your way!

PS–I added this link to the following TLC pages: Building Robust Vocabulary, ACT Prep, AP Prep, and SAT/SSAT Prep.

Many thanks to Jamie Sterlacci at Great Oaks Charter High School in Newark for this lead!


About theliteracycookbook

In addition to this blog, I am the creator of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK Website ( and ONLY GOOD BOOKS Blog (, and the author of THE LITERACY COOKBOOK: A Practical Guide to Effective Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Instruction (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and LITERACY AND THE COMMON CORE: Recipes for Action (Jossey-Bass, 2014). Check out my Website for more information about my consulting work.
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