My first vocabulary & writing lesson (from my package of ten lessons) has students personify a word in three or more sentences. Here is 8th grader Irene's piece of vocabulary-based writing. You can freely use my personification lesson with your students: http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab The other nine lessons are just as thorough.
I'll end this week's vocabulary posting with one of my uber-artists: 8th grader Emily. I can't ever complain about the quality of her word choices or her presentation of them. Click image to see Emily's 2-page spread. My vocabulary resources are online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
The routine is in place now. Each week students "publish" four vocabulary words for their "logophile collections" (http://corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Boy-Who-Loved-Words.htm). I have ten writing activities for them to choose from, and each week they must do four DIFFERENT writing activities. Take pride in your collection, like Mimi did here. Learn more about my vocabulary routine here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
I'm going to have numerous "Vocab of the Week" winners today because I am actually doing two weeks' worth--plus the kids are really starting to take this seriously. Here's 7th-grader Jolie's week's worth of words, Easy links to my vocabulary resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
Started teaching them my writing techniques for their four required vocab words each week way back in August, and the quality of my students' vocab I assessed over break is astoundingly good. I know this group of students will create some new writing tasks for their peers this spring that will blow my mind. Want to make your kids love vocabulary "collecting" too? Check out this resource page I maintain for them: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
Always Write: Establishing a Classroom of Word Collectors!
Mackenzie--a 7th grader--submitted this excellent collection of vocabulary words from the last half of "Flowers for Algernon," which I decided was worthy of a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award. Good job, Mackenzie! Check out my new online vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm
There are only two ways students can earn extra credit from me, and one of them is earning a vocab collector of the week award. There are five or six 8th graders whose weekly entries--like Mimi's here--are practically publishable; it's amazing what happens when they WANT that extra credit award. Here is page two of this vocabulary entry: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612668334037/