The Terror of Concentric Circles!
A great Onion news story. There’s enough vocabulary in it for a whole lesson and throw in a solid sample of parody as well.
So in the theme of restrictions creating creativity and my own desire to be doing things more directly related to the classroom- I have decided to start Zombie VocabularyWhy zombies? I like zombies and I like the CC zombie pictures available in flickr and saw so many I wanted to use that I needed to make a reason to use them.. I’ll take a few words from Merriam-Webster’s word of the day and create a zombieI may switch from the zombie theme if it gets boring so other theme suggestions are welcome. themed use of the word that I’d use with my students (if I had them). So to start things off here’s facetious– WOD from Oct. 14th.
Apparently, I really like the idea cutting down communication to it’s purest form. (that’s really pompous sounding)- I like short writing. I like the idea that you have to pack as much as possible in just a few words. Boing Boing has come through again by finding a book dealing with 6 word memoirs by a variety of writers. My two favorites are below. Yes, you can edit my biography. — Jimmy Wales Must remember: people, gadgets. That order. — Brian Lam I might simplify the idea for students and make them obituaries- it also avoids any of their work getting sucked into the Oprah memoir furor (nothing worse than having to apologize to Oprah on national TV). Give them bonus points for working in vocabulary words etc. Here a more academic example that I took a shot at (I listened to this Tesla podcast recently- interesting stuff). Eccentric Serb electrifies science. Dies poor. — Nikolai Tesla I guess it all boils down to- well, boiling things down. There’s a lot of processing and thinking that goes into trying to sum up a life or period in just a few words. In the end it’ll help everyone. Have them vote on the best sentence. Post them individually in a blog and install the star rating plugin. Make your life painless […]
I did this a while back but don’t think I ever posted about it It’s possible I did and am bad at searching and worse at remembering. So vocabulary work often is one the most boring things an English teacher (or anyone else) ever does. The beauty of an English class is that you have a fair degree more flexibility when dealing with vocabulary than a lot of subjects. Here are two ways I wanted to attack words in a way that’d make them stick. the album Students pick a word/root/suffix/prefix and then build an album around it complete with cover art and song choices that reflect that theme. You see my Puffy Ego album above with songs like “Your You’reI’d thank the commenter for catching the typo if he/she hadn’t been such a jerk about it So Vain” and “I Love Me.” It’s simple and pretty engaging for students. The association with music (and likely with music they like) should really help internalize the information. the t-shirt Once again, a pretty simple idea. Students take a word/root/prefix/suffix and make a t-shirtHere’s a blank template for the t-shirt if you’re interested. with it. This could be fun and you could also make posters, hats etc and get the best ones made or maybe just put on cafepress The point is […]