Vocabulary Word Study Each day in class, we will review two vocabulary words taken from our 8th grade word list and the literature we read on a daily basis. Once we have reviewed 20 words, you will complete the following word study assignments. 1. Synonyms and Antonyms - Find two synonyms and two antonyms for each word Vocabulary Word avarice undulating suppliant Synonyms (2) Antonyms(2) covetousness, frugality convoluted, crooked, curved beseecher, petitioner, generosity, philanthropy straight, untwisted, unwinding n/a 2. Word Clues and vocabulary blocks Word Clues- For each vocabulary word come up with at least one “word clue”, which is a real-life example or situation that represents the word. The clue should NOT be a definition or a synonym for the word. Word Clue - a homeless person; Answer indigent Word Clue - children repeatedly asking “why” Answer speculatively Word Clue - the Great Wall of China; a bullet-proof vest Answer bulwark Vocabulary Blocks- Complete a block for each vocabulary word. On the front of the block write the word, part of speech, definition, and antonyms/synonyms. On the back, draw a picture which illustrates the word. Word Part of Speech Definition Draw a picture to represent the vocabulary word. 3. Writing – Complete one of the following writing activities. Story Time Create a short story, play, TV script, or movie proposal, etc. using the current vocabulary words. Remember, when writing a narrative you must always have an attention-grabbing opening, a detailed plotline with a conflict, and a powerful ending. Your narrative should be creative, but must also make sense given the category of words assigned. Highlight the vocabulary words and label their part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) Describe It! Write a vivid, detailed two to three paragraph description of any person, place, thing, or idea using the current vocabulary words. Be sure each paragraph is at least six-eight sentences in length and formatted as a completely developed piece of writing. Remember that a truly descriptive piece of writing uses vivid sensory details and powerful verbs and adjectives. For example, instead of “good player,” say “skilled player.” Highlight the vocabulary words in the paragraph and label their part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) Convince Me! Write a persuasive essay, letter, speech, debate, advertisement proposal, etc. using at least the current vocabulary words. Remember that any persuasive piece of writing must strongly and clearly support one side of an issue, using relevant, sufficient, and specific arguments that also address the opposition. Highlight the vocabulary words in the paragraph and label their part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) Tell Me! Write an expository/informational piece of writing, such as a newspaper, magazine, or journal article, biography, autobiography, essay, eyewitness account, etc. using the current vocabulary words. Remember that any expository piece of writing must use only facts and specific details and include no opinions or points of view. Be sure to include the “who, what, where, when, why, and how” of the situation. Highlight the vocabulary words in the paragraph and label their part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) Critical Writing: Definitional Sentences Write a definitional sentence for each of the current vocabulary words. A definitional sentence uses context clues to clearly explain and describe the word in question. Underline the vocabulary word and label the part of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) at the end of each sentence. ** At times, I might allow you to use the vocabulary words in a major assessment instead as an alternative to this writing assignment ** WORD WALL After we study a word in class, that word will go on our word wall in the back of the classroom. This means that you are expected to consistently use and spell the word correctly in your writing for the remainder of the year.