So for the past two years I've been teaching my 8th grade students Greek and Latin roots. We study one root per week, and each root has about five associated vocabulary words (that use the root). Every three weeks, there is a vocabulary quiz that tests their knowledge of the words and their ability to apply knowledge of Greek and Latin roots to unknown words. I feel like this is a solid strategy, as many words are made up of roots. However, I don't think the knowledge is being applied to their everyday lives as readers. Every once in a while, a student will approach me with their independent reading book, eager to show me a word that uses a root we've recently studied. But that doesn't happen as much as I'd like. I also struggle to incorporate these pre-selected words (the five that go along with each root) into our novel studies and other aspects of my class. I am thinking, for next year, to focus more on strategies rather than a pre-determined word list. Each quarter could be dedicated to a word decoding strategy (Greek and Latin roots could be one quarter). Students would then show their proficiency with the skill by applying it to their independent reading book, novel studies, etc. No more vocab quizzes that test everyone on the same words. What do you all think? How do you handle explicit vocabulary instruction in your classroom?