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The literature-based vocabulary lists at VocabularySpellingCity let you help your tenth grade students to expand their comprehension of literature. As they study plays, novels, and other works listed with the Common Core State Standards, they can use free vocabulary worksheets and interactive online games to become familiar with the new vocabulary they encounter. This not only raises their reading level within the tenth grade curriculum, but it also enhances their comprehension of the books themselves.

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10th Grade Books with Free Lists
Book Title Author Type Level Import
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Fiction/Story X/9.0/880L Import
The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper Fiction/Story 9.0/1350 Import
10th Grade Books with Premium Lists
Book Title Author Type Level Import
The Killer Angels Michael Shaara Fiction/Story 8.4/610L Import
Candide or The Optimist Voltaire Fiction/Story 8.5/1110L Import
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka Fiction/Story 11.0/1320L Import
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Fiction/Story 10.0/890L Import
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams Fiction/Drama   Import
Oedipus Rex Sophocles Fiction/Drama   Import
Song John Donne Fiction/Poetry   Import
Sonnet 73 William Shakespeare Fiction/Poetry   Import
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Fiction/Story 5.9/890L Import
Loveliest of Trees A.E. Houseman Fiction/Poetry   Import
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Expansion of 10th Grade Vocabulary Levels

Many of the books recommended for grade 10 literature introduce vocabulary that will be new to students, and some of this new language may be difficult to absorb. Studies have shown that it's easier to retain new knowledge if students learn it in an enjoyable way. This is the purpose of VocabularySpellingCity's interactive vocabulary games, printable worksheets, and other vocabulary activities: to help your tenth grade students enjoy themselves while learning new words used in realistic contexts.

With a Premium Membership, you can use the provided high school vocabulary lists as the basis of your own. You may use them as is, or you can import them into your account and then modify or add to them as your grade 10 curriculum lesson plans dictate. You will find quizzes and tracking tools that help you gauge your students' progress, and you can help them choose the interactive games that will best build their 10th grade literature vocabulary.

Vocabulary for Increased Reading Comprehension

It's important that students not only learn a list of new words but that they learn this vocabulary list in a proper context. As they engage in the games, they both read these words with definitions and hear the words pronounced in context-rich sentences. Add to this the printable vocabulary worksheets and other activities, and students' reading comprehension will greatly increase. When they encounter this vocabulary in the context of the books studied for grade 10 literature, their understanding of those books will be much enhanced.

Common Core State Standards for Literature

The Common Core State Standards have established goals for reading comprehension and grade 10 vocabulary levels. Among these goals is the ability to "read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently." VocabularySpellingCity's grade 10 worksheets and interactive vocabulary games allow students to learn both the meaning and context for new words, so they will have complete comprehension as they encounter their 10th grade reading texts. This understanding is very likely to stand them in good stead as they write standardized tests in literature and reading comprehension. And to their personal benefit, students will fully grasp the concepts enshrined in the vocabulary in novels like Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, for example, and they will enter much more richly into the meaning of poems such as John Donne's "Song," or William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 73".

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