Back to basics

7th February 2014 at 00:00
Finding the right word for the right situation can be tricky. These resources will help students to expand and hone their vocabulary, taking inspiration from a variety of sources

1. Play on words

What is it? Two card games based on synonyms that will spark discussion and build richer vocabularies

What users say "Challenging! My classes will struggle with these. Good for them, though."

2. Devilish description

What is it? Activities to introduce sophisticated descriptive vocabulary

What users say "An excellent, self-contained lesson plan that encourages interactive work, sharing and fun."

3. Grimm truth

What is it? An extensive vocabulary builder and comprehension activities, based on the Grimms' fairy tale Snow-White and Rose-Red

What users say "Very useful, creative resource offering vocabulary building and the development of writing skills."

4. Extreme English

What is it? Aimed at high-ability teens, this improves vocabulary using an extract from Touching the Void, a mountaineer's inspiring tale of extreme survival

What users say "I love the simplicity. Such a clever challenge. Quite brilliant!"

5. Mat finish

What is it? Desk placemats in a variety of fonts and colours that show alternatives for common words

What users say "Great - always looking for resources that enable the students to up the level of their own writing."

6. Words up

What is it? Worksheet templates for lessons on key words

What users say "A very useful resource. Thank you!"

7. Express yourselves

What is it? Word banks of positive and negative adjectives to help students express personal opinions and respond emotively

What users say "Some great words in there - how long until `skanky', `oafish' and `loathsome' appear in kids' work?"

8. Imagination station

What is it? A lesson to improve imaginative writing through effective use of vocabulary

What users say "Easy to adapt to suit specific classes."

9. Solid argument

What is it? A worksheet to help teenagers select the right vocabulary when writing an exam answer

What users say "Practical, quick and effective. Can be used for a variety of ages, at least twice each, with different words each time."

10. Ministerial brief

What is it? A sheet of short exercises - including one that revolves around a blunder by a prime minister - to help students who struggle to find words with similar meanings

What users say "Nice range of exercises. These could be used as starter activities or as a one-off lesson."


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