Vocabulary

VOCABULARY STUDY

Honors English III: 2011

 

Goals

1.      Expand our lexicons so we have just the right word to use when speaking or writing (and actually use them!)

2.      Improve reading comprehension through enhanced vocabulary skills such as using context clues and identifying affixes and roots

3.      Enjoy playing with language

 

 

Procedure

Monday: 

·         A student teaches 5 words to the class

·         All students make 5 clarifying cards (if not finished in class, complete for homework)

Tuesday: 

·         A student teaches 5 words to the class

·         All students make 5 clarifying cards (if not finished in class, complete for homework)

Wednesday:

·         A student teaches 5 words to the class

·         All students make 5 clarifying cards (if not finished in class, complete for homework)

·         HOMEWORK: Vocabulary Enrichment Activity

Thursday:

·         Review words using clarifying cards

Friday:

·         Opportunity to demonstrate what you’ve learned

 

Presenter Directions

Content

For each of the five words you have been assigned, you must include the following components:

·         Word

·         Part of Speech

o   if it can be used as more than one part of speech, you must include each

·         Definition

o   If there is more than one definition, you must include it

o   If there is a word in the definition that you do not know (or that you think your classmates will not know), you should look up and explain that word as well

o   ·         At least one synonym or antonym

·         At least one example of the word (make it as relevant to the class as possible)

·         One original sentence using the word correctly including one of the following types of context clues:

o   Example

o   Synonym

o   Antonym

o   Explanation

·         One helpful memory device from the following

o   Picture/symbol representing the word

o   Details about a prefix/suffix/root in the word

o   If you can think of some other helpful memory device, you may use it

Due Dates:

·         ALL PRESENTATION PAPERS FOR THE WEEK ARE DUE THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE PRESENTATION

o   Put them in the box on my desk.  I will not remind you; you should do this on your own

o   Example: If your presentation is on Wednesday October 19th , then your presentation papers are due on Friday, October 14th 

·         If you turn it in late (on the day of your presentation)  you lose 10 points from your grade

·         If you do not have it on the day of your presentation, you get a zero and students in the class will have to use dictionaries to look up the words themselves

Presentation Procedure:

·         You may not have more than 15 minutes to present your 5 words; if you do not finish in time, points will be deducted from your grade

·         You must pronounce your word to the class and have them say it aloud as well
·         Clearly and comprehensively explain the definition of the word; reinforce the meaning through your examples, synonyms/antonyms, and memory device.

·         Read the original sentence and point out the type of context clue used (if time permits, have a student do this)

·         If time permits, ask questions of your classmates to check for understanding

IT IS THE PRESENTER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO USE THE WORDS IN & OUT OF CLASS WHENEVER POSSIBLE!

Example:

Apocryphal

Part of Speech: Adjective

Definition: of dubious (doubtful) authenticity or origin; spurious (not being what it claims)

Synonyms: fake; counterfeit

Examples: counterfeit money; a reproduction of a famous painting that was being sold as an original

Memory Device: CRYP(t)=secret (cryptic, crypt)

Sentence: Although we listened to Taylor’s story about being abducted by aliens respectfully, we considered it to be an apocryphal tale.

 

AUDIENCE DIRECTIONS

You must make “clarifying cards” for each word.   Copy as much as you can during the presentation.  Do not tell the presenter to slow down or distract him or her in any way during the presentation.  At the end of the presentation, if time permits, you may ask questions.  The “original sentence” on the card must be your own. If you have time and are capable of writing your own sentence during the presentations, you may do so.  If not, writing your own sentence for each word is part of your homework.  Everything else on the cards may be copied from the presentation and supplemented with your own ideas if you desire.  If you cannot take notes on the presentation fast enough, you may finish your card for homework. I will ask for ONE of your flashcards each Friday when you take your vocabulary quiz. 

Vocabulary Schedule

LESSON 1: 8/29-9/2

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Apocryphal

Convene

Gesticulate

Vacillate

Arcane

Ms. Robinson*

 

 

Expedient

Exude

Imperturbable

Increment

Levity

Kelsey B.; Lauryn A.

8/30

Mortify

Periphery

Raconteur

Reiterate

Subterfuge

Mikala B. ; Kerry B.

8/31

Enrichment due 9/1

Quiz on 9/2

 

LESSON 2: 9/6-9/9

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Accoutrement

Aggrieves

Choleric

Comport

Disconcert

Alexander B.; Rebekah B.

9/6

Fauna

Interpose

Maraud

Modicum

Opulent

Jacob B.; Elizaria B.

9/6

Patrician

Phlegmatic

Propensity

Therapeutic

Utilitarian

Alexander D.; Shanon B.

9/7

Enrichment due 9/8

Quiz on 9/9

 

LESSON 3: 9/12-9/16

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Atrophy

Emolument

Efficacy

Icon

Incipient

Zachary D.; Molly B.

9/12

Inculcate

Inestimable

Lackluster

Martinet

Prodigious

Eric E. ; Callie C.

9/13

Regimen

Stellar

Stoic

Vibrant

Zealous

Tyler G.; Sarah D.

9/14

Enrichment due 9/15

Quiz on 9/16

 

LESSON 4: 9/19-9/23

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Autonomy

Circumspect

Composure

Edifice

Ensconce

Logan H.; Kimberly F.

9/19

Environs

Hapless

Heinous

Incognito

indoctrinate

Kyle H.; Kyla H.

9/20

 Interim

Mausoleum

Pillage

Reverie

Thrall

Corrine L.; Madeline H.

9/21

Enrichment due 9/22

Quiz on 9/23

 

LESSON 5: 9/26-9/30

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Abstruse

Accrue

Acquiesce

Besmirch

Explicit

Dean M.; Emily K.

9/26

Histrionic

Impropriety

Inveigle

Penitent

probity

Caleb M.; Mary L.

9/27

 Purport

Repercussion

Revelation

Surfeit

Savory

Joshua N.; Kelsie M.

9/28

Enrichment due 9/29

Quiz on 9/30

 

LESSON 6: 10/3-10/7

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Abstruse

Accrue

Acquiesce

Besmirch

Explicit

Virginia P. ; Gemma

10/3

Histrionic

Impropriety

Inveigle

Penitent

probity

Johnathon R.; Emily M.

10/4

 Purport

Repercussion

Revelation

Surfeit

Savory

Cassandra R.; Madison P.

10/5

Enrichment due 10/6

Quiz on 10/7

 

LESSON 7: 10/11-10-14

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Archipelago

Careen

Cavalier

Contiguous

Correlate

Tanner S.; Hannah P.

10/11

Etymology

Frenetic

Kinetic

Presage

Pulverize

James S.; Mystic

10/11

 Recondite

Repulse

Seismic

Undulate

Upheaval

Mitchell S.; Kalen

10/12

Enrichment due 10/3

Quiz on 10/14

 

LESSON 8: 10/17-10-21

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Betrothed

Blasphemy

Cadence

Canon

Denouement

Courtney S. ; Leigha

10/17

Edict

Enamor

Insensate

Renegade

Soliloquy

Aaron; Nicholas P.

10/18

 Stricture

Triumvirate

Usurp

Vestment

Votary

Ashley W. ; Makye S.

10/19

Enrichment due 10/20

Quiz on 10/21

 

LESSON 9: 10/24-10/28

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Advent

Blasé

Bravado

Disparate

Domicile

Morgan W.; Samantha T.

10/24

Itinerate

Lilliputian

Phobia

Proclivity

Fabricate

Aspen A.; Amy W.

10/25

 Projectile

Queasy

Reciprocate

Relegate

Vertigo

Angel M.; Miranda A.

10/26

Enrichment due 10/27

Quiz on 10/28

 

LESSON 10: 10/31-11/4

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Amnesia

Appease

Attrition

Debacle

Defoliate

 

10/31

Equestrian

Expunge

Hackneyed

Opprobrium

Proviso

 

11/1

 Sully

Tactile

Upbraid

Verdant

Vertex

 

11/2

Enrichment due 11/3

Quiz on 11/4

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM ON LESSONS 1-10 ON NOVEMBER 18

LESSON 11: 11/28-12/2

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Attenuate

Behemoth

Disinter

Impinge

Multifarious

 

11/28

Oxymoron

Plentitude

Postulate

Prevail

Putrify

 

11/29

Salubrious

Succulent

Tundra

Unequivocal

Vicissitudes

 

11/30

Enrichment due 12/1

Quiz on 12/2

LESSON 12: 12/5-12/9

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Amity

Animadversion

Antithetical

Bellicose

Bucolic

 

12/5

Craven

Exalt

Impugn

Introspective

Métier

 

12/6

Penurious

Privation

Sobriquet

Tantamount

Throes

 

12/7

Enrichment due 12/8

Quiz on 12/9

 

LESSON 13: 12/12-12/16

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Altruism

Concurrent

Context

Crass

Cuisine

 

12/12

Debase

Enjoin

Extemporaneous

Genesis

Libation

 

12/13

Malaise

Platitude

Reconcile

Sunder

Travail

 

12/14

Enrichment due 12/15

Quiz on 12/16

 

LESSON 14: 1/3-1/6

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Abeyance

Buttress

Commensurate

Dilatory

Ecumenical

 

1/3

Façade

Gargoyle

Moot

Pinnacle

Requiem

 

1/3

 Sacrosanct

Sensuous

Tenet

Transcend

Tenuous

 

1/4

Enrichment due 1/5

Quiz on 1/6

 

LESSON 15: 1/9-1/13

Words

Presenter

Date of Presentation

Arbiter

Conclave

Concomitant

Coterie

Demur

 

1/9

Entice

Flaunt

Genteel

Graphic

Inimical

 

1/10

 Inordinate

Ludicrous

Oligarchy

Repugnant

Redoubtable

 

1/11

Enrichment due 1/12

Quiz on 1/13

 SAMPLE PRESENTATION 

convene

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: 1. to summon or cause to assemble; 2. To gather or assemble; to meet formally

Synonym: congregate; meet together

Example: SGA meeting; teachers’ meeting

Memory Device: ven=come (venir=to come in Spanish); co=together: convene=to come together

Sentence: Dr. Spock decided to convene a meeting of Vulcan leaders to discuss the implementation of new hand signal as a group.  

gesticulate

Part of speech: verb

Definition: To motion energetically with the body or limbs; Can also be used as a noun (gesticulation)

Synonym: signal, gesture

Example: Laker’s Coach Phil Jackson

Sentence: In the poem, “Not Waving but Drowning,”the speaker’s gesticulations were misinterpreted: “I was too far out all my life, not waving but drowning.”

 

vacillate

Part of Speech: verb

Definition: 1. To move back and forth from lack of balance; 2. To alternate indecisively between opinions or courses of action

Synonym: waver

Example: a voter who goes back and forth between candidates

Sentence:  Instead of remaining stable, the stock market vacillated wildly in the third quarter, making investors nervous.

arcane

Part of speech: adjective

Definition: understood by only a few; mysterious

Synonym: common, normal, understood

Example: quantum physics

Sentence:  Anton Arcane is an evil scientist who uses his superior intellect to conduct mysterious experiments.

 

 

 

Vocabulary Enrichment Exercises

Directions: 

·         Every Wednesday night you will choose one of the activities from the following list to complete.

·         You may NOT repeat any activity during the semester. 

·         Be sure check off and write the date of completion in the blank for each activity you’ve done.

·         Make sure you label your work with whichever activity you’ve chosen.

·         You must use all 15 words correctly. This includes spelling, meaning, and part of speech. For each incorrectly used word, I will deduct 7 points from your grade.

·         Your work should be neat and legible.  Sloppy, careless work will result in point deductions.

·         Be creative.  Have fun with it.

 

Here are your choices:

 

_____ poem: ballad (look it up if you’re unfamiliar)

 

_____ short story

 

_____advertisement

 

_____rap song

 

_____letter to a friend

 

_____newspaper advice column

 

_____autobiography

 

_____letter of apology

 

_____bedtime story

 

_____ poem: sonnet (look it up if you’re unfamiliar)

 

_____billboard (Be sure to use the words in sentences.  Don’t just write them all over the paper.)

 

_____brochure

 

_____biography

 

_____campaign speech

 

_____cartoon/ comic strip with speech bubbles

 

_____cereal box design (Be sure to use the words in sentences.  Don’t just write them all over the paper.)

 

_____drama/play

 

_____letter of complaint

 

_____newspaper editorial

 

_____epitaph

 

_____fable

 

_____myth

 

_____fairy tale (look up the differences between fable, myth, and fairy tale if you need to)

 

_____fashion article

 

_____horoscope

 

_____good news/bad news list

 

_____greeting card

 

_____interview

 

_____joke

 

_____love note

 

_____childhood memory

 

_____movie review

 

_____book review

 

_____television show review

 

_____restaurant review

 

_____mystery story

 

_____obituary

 

_____persuasive letter

 

_____post card

 

_____product description

 

_____ransom letter (bonus if you cut out words and letters when you make it)

 

_____recipe

 

_____sales pitch

 

_____country song

 

_____student council president speech

 

_____account of a sports match

 

_____thank you note

 

_____wanted advertisement

 

_____fake funny facebook conversation (use fakeconvos.com or similar site to make it)

 

_____last will and testament

 

_____weather report

 

_____history of the words (use etymological dictionary)

 

_____other idea?  If you want to do something not on this list, get your idea approved by the teacher before moving forward. 


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