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Vocabulary Set 14

One Word Slides

Vocabulary Collection
This year you will be collecting great words all week and focusing on just four by entering them into your vocabulary collection comp book.  
Get a 70 to 100 page composition book and mark each page as instructed in class.  

For the cover:
1. Think of something you collect (or would like to collect)
2. Draw some (5+) examples on a sheet 
3. By each example, put a great vocabulary word that related to it
4. Laminate (with tape) the card to the outside of your cover

Most Wednesdays we will have class time to check most recent entries and get a start on the new ones.  You will have to keep up with the work throughout the week, though. 

Here are the steps:
  1. Fill a vocabulary bookmark each week and tape it into your comp book (due Wednesdays).
  2. Choose 4 words and enter them into your comp book along with an definition that you understand.
  3. Complete the entry using the style of the week (do Wednesdays, due Fridays)
  4. Keep your Table of Contents up to date (also due Fridays)
 Dates Style Description Examples Pages Pts
 Set 1
 due 8/28/15
 StickmanDefine word.  Create a scene with a stick-character that is using your word (think action, interaction, environment).  Make it neat, clear, and interesting. concession
 1, 2, 3, 4 10

 Set 2
 due 9/4/15
 Synonym & AntonymFor the definition, write three or more words that mean the same thing (or very similar) as your word, and three or more words that mean the opposite.  Use it in a sentence. subjugate 5, 6, 7, 8 10
 Set 3
 due 9/11/15
 Quote Use words that are parts of good quotes (from books, movies, speeches, etc).  Your sentence can be the quote itself. bonkers
 9, 10, 11, 12 
 Set 4
 due 9/18/15
 Acrostic Word & definition on top as usual.
 Then, write the word vertically and use at least 3 of the letters as part of a word or clause the help define it.  Then use it in a sentence.
 13, 14, 15, 16 10
 Set 5
 due 9/24!/15
 PersonificationCreate and draw a character that personifies your word.  Describe how your character's features or characteristics match your word. rambunctious & enigmatic
 17, 18, 19, 20 
 Set 6
 due 10/2/15
 AnalogiesWord and definition as usual, then use your word in a two-part analogy and then give the relationship.

Synonym (happy : joyful :: sad : depressed)
Antonym (inflation : deflation :: frail : strong)
Characteristic (tropical : hot :: polar : cold)
Part/Whole (finger : hand :: petal : flower)
Degree (mist : fog :: drizzle : tropical storm)
Type (golden retriever : dog :: salmon : fish)
Tool/Worker (pen : writer :: voice : singer)
Action/Object (fly : airplane :: drive : car)
Item/Purpose (knife : cut :: ruler : measure)
Product/Worker (poet : poem :: baker : pie)


 21, 22, 23, 24 
 Set 7
 due 10/9/15
 (word, definition, sentence, image)
 Simple.  Just write the word, its definition, and use it in a sentence, and add an image that demonstrates your understanding of the word. penetrate
 25, 26, 27, 28 
 Set 8
 due 10/22/15
 Cartoon In your book you will have the word and definition as usual.  On the spreadsheet you will link each word to an online comic or animation (GoAnimate, Pixton, XtraNormal, or similar)  29, 30, 31, 32 
 Set 9
 due 11/6/15
 HaikuA three-line poem with the first line containing 5 syllables, the second line containing 7 syllables, and the third line containing 5. cowardly
 33, 34, 35, 36 
 Set 10
 due 11/20/15
 Symbolic or Iconic Representation Come up with a symbol that represents your word.  This can be a challenge because many images people associate with a word may not be symbols.  A symbol for "productivity" might be a hammer or an assembly line or a sweaty brow, I think. dubious
 37, 38, 39, 40 

word, definition, sentences, image Two sentences and an image that demonstrate your understanding.   
  Sausage A "sausage" sentence in one in which the last letter of one word has to be the first in the next word.   
  Progressive Story Each sentence fits into a sensible story.  The order doesn't matter.   
  Character Write the word and definition.
 Then write a sentence that uses the word and relates to a person.
 Due to her fastidious nature, Jennifer couldn't help but to clean up all the litter in the schoolyard.  
  Social Media Upgrade Go to a social media site and find a comment or entry that could use a vocabulary upgrade. Write the original, the source, and your version. corpulent
  Lyrics Find lyrics from a song (or poem) that contain great word(s).  Write the line (or a few lines) and underline the word.  Rewrite the word at the top of your page as well as a definition.   
  Etymology Choose a word and research its origins. exacerbate

 Made-Up Words
 (with roots)
 Browse some lists of word roots and then combine them into a word of your own.  Write the word, identify the roots, define it, and use it in a sentence. duradormism  

Overused Words

Grading Information
Here is a link to the grading instructions I wrote for the parents.
Here is a link to the Vocab Comp Book Entries Revisions Form (use it to make up of low-scoring entries)

Our Best Words of 2014

Sample Vocabulary Entries

Vocabulary Collections

Vocabulary Table of Contents

1000 Words to Know for High Schools (book)

1000 Words for High School

Daily Vocabulary for High School

Your Top Ten from 2011:

Best Ten of 2011

The following is the entire list of 100 words:
1. accentuate
2. alliteration
3. analogy
4. antibody
5. aspire
6. bamboozle
7. bizarre
8. boisterous
9. boycott
10. camouflage
11. chronology
12. commemorate
13. cower
14. decorum
15. deduction
16. deign
17. despondent
18. dialogue
19. divulge
20. eclectic
21. ellipse
22. embargo
23. enthusiastic
24. exponent
25. exult
26. fallacy
27. flourish
28. formidable
29. gargoyle
30. guerrilla
31. guru
32. heritage
33. hieroglyphic
34. hologram
35. hypocrisy
36. immune
37. impertinent
38. inference
39. introspection
40. jaunty
41. jovial
42. kilometer
43. labyrinth
44. laconic
45. lichen
46. light-year
47. maneuver
48. marsupial
49. metaphor
50. mosaic

51. mutation
52. nebula
53. nocturnal
54. nuisance
55. omnivore
56. outrageous
57. ozone
58. parasite
59. participle
60. phloem
61. plateau
62. polygon
63. protagonist
64. pulverize
65. quandary
66. quarantine
67. quota
68. rainforest
69. random
70. recede
71. renaissance
72. renegade
73. repose
74. sacrifice
75. silhouette
76. solstice
77. spectrum
78. stereotype
79. strategy
80. suffrage
81. symbiosis
82. tariff
83. technique
84. tempo
85. toxin
86. tranquility
87. tumult
88. tundra
89. ultraviolet
90. unanimous
91. undulate
92. vaccine
93. vacillate
94. vertebrate
95. virtuoso
96. voracious
97. wretched
98. xylem
99. yacht
100. zoology
Websites with Word Lists

Vocabulary from Calvin and Hobbes

The Abbi-Kai List


Vocabulary Animations

Other lists:

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