Playing with Vocabulary
I did this a while back but don’t think I ever posted about it 1.
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.
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’re2 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 point is just to have students think more about the words, to do something real with them and to have a little fun. Were it me, I’d have a variety of options like these and allow students to pick various options each week.
1 It’s possible I did and am bad at searching and worse at remembering
2 I’d thank the commenter for catching the typo if he/she hadn’t been such a jerk about it
4 or maybe just put on cafepress