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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."