nullWord Map: Students create a PowerPoint slide that visually depicts an assigned word. All design elements (word art, text boxes, slide design, etc.) should mirror the word’s connotation when possible. It should include the following: 1.) the word  

2.) an image that represents the word  

3.) part of speech and definition  

4.) other forms

 5.) synonyms and antonyms                                                                    

Word Maps should be grouped logically and displayed on the classroom bulletin board. After students have taken the test, they should be laminated and displayed in the hallways.   

Super Sentences: The teacher composes a sentence that uses several words in context. For example, “The meticulous decorator berated her assistant for choosing two hues that were so incongruous. ‘How can you be so lax! Your negligence is unacceptable,’ her boss yelled.”   

Students should “translate” the sentence by putting it into their own words. While going over the “translation” as a class, students should make notes in their packets (for example, lax=negligent /=/ meticulous). Students also may compose their own super sentences and translate peers’ sentences.    

Super Story: Working with a partner or individually, students compose a super story using cumulative WordMasters words in context. They should try to use as many words as possible in context. They will score one another on word frequency and correct usage, story plot, and presentation. The highest scoring group will win a prize.   

Original Sentences: Students compose original sentences with clear context clues for each of the words.   

Word Pairs: Students identify and record synonyms, antonyms, and related words within the word lists.    

Word Matrix: Using all the WordMasters words from the year (on slips of paper), students work with their table groups to create logical categories that consist of 3 or more words. They should come up with preliminary titles for their categories, such as “Work Ethic” or “Money.”    

Word Categories: Working independently, students choose the five best categories, title them, and in a double-spaced word document, explain their categories.

For example:    Category #1: Stored Groups: Archives-reservoir-stronghold-array-contingent   

Archives and reservoir directly relate to storage because archives are stored records     whereas a reservoir is drinking water storage. A stronghold is more of a figurative place of storage. For example, "a Republican stronghold" is an area dominated by, or which "stores, a political ideal. Array and contigent both refer to groups that aren't necessarily stores, such as an array of hues or a contingent of voters.   

Review PowerPoint: Students create a 5-slide PowerPoint presentation on the vocabulary word for which they created their word map. They should save completed PowerPoints in their grade’s WordMasters file on the network. The slides should contain the following: 

1. Part of speech and definition                                                                                                                  

2. Example sentence with CONTEXT CLUE and word omitted                                                                  

3. An image representing the word                                                                                                            

4. An analogy using the word; the word should be in the answer                                                              

5. Synonyms and antonyms   

Review Game: Bingo or Jeopardy using slides from the students’ review powerpoints. The “fly swatter game” makes use of the word wall. 

Jeanette Lelchitski

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