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Vocabulary Improv Activities
1. Draw sections on a page
Draw lines to divide your paper any way you want — into halves, thirds, fourths. If you want to type this activity, there is a template on Haiku.
2. Pick a Word
Surprise! I suggest underlining or highlighting words as you read so you can find them when you come back later to do this assignment.
I have selected the words for you this week and next. When you have to pick your own, make sure you note the page numbers where you find your words.
3. Write the word
4. Add part of speech…
5. …& define the word
In your own words!
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Title and Page Number
6. Give the source
Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,
7. Do the Activity
Choose one of these ways
Use the word in a Haiku which communicates something memorable about the word. Underline the vocabulary word.
Haikus are poems of three lines of exactly 5, 7, and 5 syllables each.
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*Split the word into 2 parts and make those the first and last name
* Or use the first letter as an initial and the word as a last name.
* Or use the whole word as a last name and make up a cute first name
* The story should “fit” the definition of the word.
Or Option B:
Mr. Osci (“Ozzy”) Lating Osci can never make up his mind. He goes back and forth and back and forth in his opinions, first believing this thing, and then believing that. It makes a person dizzy to listen to his opinions change so frequently.
Twist the word into a name and tell a very short story about that character
8. Add a picture
Example, with option A
Keep it simple. It may be a stick figure or clip art, but don’t spend a lot of time drawing or searching for it!
Example, with option B
I just couldn’t figure out how to draw a stick figure on PowerPoint, but YOU can hand-draw a simple stick figure that fits your story or Haiku.
Keep it Simple!
9. Final words of advice
The activity itself can be kept very simple. You will not lose points for simple as long as you have followed all directions.
This is called Vocabulary Improv, because I want you to practice thinking quickly.
Some more examples
V. To thicken, or change from liquid to partly solid
Option A Haikus
Sticks blood together, like glue.
Without it, I die.
From: Intro to Biology
Pg. 76 (I made this up for the example)
N. The study of why suffering happens
Theodicy weeps, And screaming, cries, “God, why me?”
God with us weeps, too.
From: Why Do Bad Things Happen?
Pg. 27 (I made this up for the example)
Even more examples
Coagulate V. To thicken, or change from liquid to partly solid
Connie Coagulation is a wonderful person to have around. When you have a cut, Connie does her magic to make the blood clot. And she can teach you to make the smoothest, thickest gravy ever (with the help of a little flour).
Option B Personification Stories
From: Intro to Biology Pg. 76
Theodicy N. The study of why suffering happens
Theo Dicy spends hours each day contemplating life’s questions, especially why so many terrible things happen. He doesn’t have perfect answers, but he is sure God cares, since He came to be with us, and suffered for us.
Some final examples
Annihalation N. Complete and total destruction
Complete destruction of Troy.
Just one more of each
From: the Iliad
Pg. 3842 (I made this up for the example)
Watch out for Aunt Ann Nihalation! Destruction follows in her footsteps. Books crash off the shelves as she walks by. Glasses crack and bowls crumble when she washes dishes. The house is always falling apart by the time she leaves.
Pg. 1372 (I made this up)
Harrison, Corbett. "Mr. Harrison's Vocabulary Collecting Resources." Always Write. Corbett Harrison, Educational Consultants, 2015. Web. 2 Sept. 2015. <http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm>. name and tell a very short story about that character
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