In the realm of vocabulary instruction, we are always on the hunt for helpful tools. As I’ve previously noted, Verbal Workout is a great resource for selecting and teaching vocabulary words in commonly used texts.
Now we also have Achieve the Core’s Academic Word Finder, which enables users to paste in up to 20,000 words (about 5 pages) of ANY text to find vocabulary words within that text that are on a certain grade level. It’s free and super-easy to use. Just paste in the text, select a grade, and see the results. In addition to identifying the grade levels of various words, it gives you multiple definitions and sample sentences for those words.
And here’s another benefit: If you’re trying to determine if a text is “on grade-level,” this tool will give you some indication of that.
Very cool. Check it out!
PS: Many thanks to Meghan Lowney at Great Oaks Legacy Charter School for bringing this resource to my attention!