Why 9th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary is Important

Why 9th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary is Important

For many students, 9th grade is the last grade where they are given spelling tests. However, there is always value in learning to spell as well as learning new vocabulary. We think that high school is the perfect time to improve one's vocabulary and you can use Home Spelling Words to achieve that goal.

Our 9th-grade spelling lists are vocabulary lists too! Students can learn a plethora of amazing new words that can help them become better readers and writers. In addition to that, practicing vocabulary is an important step toward scoring well on the ACT or SAT exams. Using the four years of high school can make a huge difference, whereas cramming for a few months before the exam generally will not yield the same results. As we all know, slow and steady wins the race.

Without a doubt, the best way to improve one's vocabulary is to read a variety of challenging books, magazines, or websites with great content. Reading helps you understand less common or more complex words through context. It is easier to remember the meaning and use of these words than simply memorizing words. However, we do recommend using Home Spelling Words as a supportive device.

9th grade students practicing vocabulary
9th Graders Practicing Vocabulary

The best way to build vocabulary through Home Spelling Words is to make your own vocabulary lists based on readings or lessons. For example, if your student is reading a book, select vocabulary words from that book and create lists as assignments. Students can learn to spell those words as well as the meanings. When creating the lists, simply use an example sentence or the actual definition.

If you are a homeschooler, you might select books that public and private schools select assuming that those are the books that society has somehow deemed important reads. I have always been surprised to find that many students in the United States have a similar reading list and to my knowledge, it hasn't changed all that much over the past thirty years. You can easily find common reading lists on Google that include books like Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies and A Tale of Two Cities.

If you want to mix it up a bit, why not add in some books that are interesting to your student? After all, a challenging book will provide vocabulary enrichment regardless of the topic. Perhaps your student likes science fiction, biographies, poetry or informational books. Letting your student select what they read is likely to help a great deal when it comes to learning.

Board games are an obvious way to build vocabulary and enjoy some quality family time. Scrabble and Upwords are a good way to build word skills. Watching informational shows can expose young students to new concepts and vocabulary as well. There are so many ways to learn, and it really all comes down to exposure. You can even pick a new word of the day and put it on the refrigerator, and as family members use the new word correctly, they get a point. At the end of the day, the one with the most points wins.

We believe a little creativity can go a long way when it comes to improving one's vocabulary. Take a look at our 9th-grade spelling lists for inspiration. Learning is an adventure, and we hope you enjoy the journey!

About the Author

Kim A. is a fan of spelling, education, and all things tech. She enjoys writing and reading fun articles.