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Creative Writing with Vocabulary Words

Word Interviews
Adapted by RHS English teacher Sara Rice from The Key Vocabulary Routine: Content Vocabulary Instruction by Joan Sedita

 

Interview with the World-Famous Vocabulary Word __________________


Q: _____________, let’s start simple. What part of speech are you?

         A: _____________________________

Q: Great! And what other forms of you are there in your family?

         A:_____________________________________________________________________

Q: On a typical evening, where would I be likely to find you, ____________?

         A: Probably _________________ or __________________

Q: Sounds like fun! If you had to choose a different word and label it as your enemy, which would you choose?

         A: ______________________________ because _______________________________

Q: Wow. Intense. I’d also like to ask you _______________________________________________________?

         A:___________________________________________________________________

 

 

SAMPLE Interview with the World-Famous Vocabulary Word REPOSE

 

Q: REPOSE, let’s start simple. What part of speech are you?

         A: I can be either a noun OR a verb! I’m super talented, if I do say so myself.

Q: Great! And what other forms of you are there in your family?

         A: That’s pretty simple, just different verb tenses, like reposed, reposing, you know.

Q: On a typical evening, where would I be likely to find you, REPOSE?

         A: Probably At home in bed! Or laying on the couch, watching some Netflix.

Q: Sounds like fun! If you had to choose a different word and label it as your enemy, which would you choose?

         A: Ummmm… ACTIVE or ENERGETIC because that’s just not me.

Q: Wow. Intense. I’d also like to ask you What your favorite color is?

         A: Probably blue because it is peaceful and it’s the color of the night sky.


Create a Script!

Developed by Sara Rice

Give students a specific time frame in which to write (and perhaps perform!) a short script that...

  • is about an actual situation in your life or in the news. Do not borrow a situation from any of our books from this year.
  • is at least twelve "lines" long
  • uses at least ____ of the current ____ vocabulary words -- CORRECTLY!
  • looks like a real play script, with information about the setting and speaker's names


Acrostic Poem

Adapted by RHS English teacher Sara Rice from The Key Vocabulary Routine

Students use the letters of a topic / concept word to begin each line of the poem. All lines in the poem and the ideas in the poem should relate to the topic word. Share an example such as this one for ANNOTATE:



Vocabulary Recipe for: ______________________

Adapted by RHS English teacher Sara Rice from The Key Vocabulary Routine

Using the noun form of a concept word or an abstract noun whose understanding is central to a text or task, students create a recipe that creatively and accurately conveys an understanding of the word. Share an example such as this one:

Vocabulary Recipe for: REMONSTRANCE

1 cup of disapproval

1 cup of not-afraid-to-speak-your-mind

3 tablespoons of mocking OR 3 tablespoons of arrogance

1 sprinkle of good-natured fun (optional)

Bake for 5 minutes and serve hot. Enjoy!  

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