The Time Machine – A Vocabulary Adventure
A vocabulary assignment the likes of which you have never heard of. A wonder of wordsmithiness, a parable of palabras (that’s spanish for ‘words’). This assignment will leave you with a better understanding of the terms in this chapter than you could ever hope for if you worked alone. And you may see yourself as working alone anyway.
Here is the drill:
Part I – The work you have to do. Look up the words, list them, chart them, graph them, draw them. However you want to satisfy the basic vocabulary assignment will be fine.
Part II – The work you have to share. Pick any three words from the list to post to this blog.
Part III – The story you have to write. Write a story using at least seven words from all of the Chapter 1 words. Show us you can use the words. Wanna use more than seven words in your story? Get extra points!!
PART I – The work you have to do.
Start with vocabulary.
Here is the list of vocabulary words for Chapter 1.
List A – (Due Friday November 3): expound, recondite, trammelo, earnest, controvert, fecundity, pensive, spasmodic, anachronism, anecdote
List B – (Due Wednesday November 8): askew, eddy, stupor, incredulous, solemnly, dimension, geometry, time, transitory, adroit
BONUS – Rhetoric (This word is not in the book. Word and definition will be fine.)
The assignment requirements are the same as they ever were; in order to get an -A- on this part of the assignment, satisfy these requirements:
- Word & Part of Speech (25 pts) – You need both of these.
- Synonym, or Antonym, or Other Language (25 pts)- You need one of these. If you use an antonym, label it as such.
- Word Used in a Sentence from the Book (25 pts)- DO NOT WRITE YOUR OWN. For some terms you will find more than one sentence to use. Use the one you prefer.
- Definition (25 pts) – NOT ANY definition . . . Use the definition that matches the way it is used in the text.
PART II – The work you have to share.
Continue with a decision and sharing.
Which three words will you share with the group? You must share the entire vocabulary entry (numbers 1-4 from above).
- Students whose last names begin with the letters A – M must pick words from List A.
- Students whose last names begin with the letters N – Z must pick words from List B.
YOUR THREE WORDS MUST BE POSTED BY 11/10.
THEN, November 11 – November 13 – Visit the blog regularly.
Post to the blog any confusion you may have about words.
- Words that you are confused about, others can help you with. Accept their help.
- Ask for help. Be specific about what you need to know.
- Offer Help. Be open to help. Look at others posts about words.
PART III – The story you have to write.
Conclude with a story of your very own creation.
NOVEMBER 13 TO NOVEMEBR 15, Write a short story using 7 words from all of the Chapter 1 words.
- November 13
- Write a rough draft of a short (very shor) story.
- Your Short Story must include all PLOT elements.
- Share your story with others in school and at home: parents, friends, classmates you are not necessarily friends with at school, group members
- The story does not have to be any longer than the front of a page
- November 14 – in class grade – have your rough draft
- Proof/edit the draft in class
- Share your story with group members.
- Final Draft it tonight
- November 15
- Post your short story to the blog.
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PART I – 100 Points possible
- 100 Points – 4 of 4 requirements satisfied
- 75 Points – 3 of 4 requirements satisfied
- 50 Points – 2 of 4 requirements satisfied
- 25 Points – 1 of 4 requirements satisfied
- 0 Points – 0 of 4 requirements satisfied
PART II – 100 Points possible
- 100 Points – 3 terms have been posted and help has either been offered or taken
- 75 Points – 3 terms have been posted
- 50 Points – 2 terms have been posted
- 25 Points – 1 term has been posted
- 0 Points – 0 terms are posted
PART III – 60 Points possible
Your score here will be derived using the rubric found at the Read-Write-Think website. Go check it out, OR cut and paste the following link into another window or tab to see the rubric.