Vocabulary Virtuoso increases vocabulary, stimulates imagination, and boosts standards-based language arts skills. Contains 15 lists, each with 12 vocabulary words. Each unit contains definitions, pronunciation keys, parts of speech, and alternate choices for each word made up of synonyms, idioms and/or phrases. Lessons also include a story involving middle school students that introduces language arts concepts such as alliteration, fallacies in reasoning, mythology and more. Students complete a variety of exercises requiring critical reading and writing skills to contextualize the words. The exercises deliberately use other forms of the words as different parts of speech, so that students learn to recognize these forms as variations of the original words, further expanding their vocabulary and enabling them to use the words in more contexts. The correct spelling of vocabulary words is emphasized with the jumble activity that asks students to unscramble the word before writing the correct spelling. 168 pages. For grades 6-8.