Tag Archives: building conceptual knowledge

Liaison (n)

Lately, I’ve been using Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day to guide my writing of context clues worksheets. Here is a context clues worksheet on the noun liaison which was yesterday’s word.

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Mea Culpa (n)

Because it was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day yesterday, and because it is arguably a term–and definitely a concept–students should understand, here is a context clues worksheet on the noun mea culpa. As it sounds, it is a Latin phrase and is an acknowledgement of one’s fault or error. Another way of thinking about is to remember that if you do something wrong, you are culpable for your action and its consequence.

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The Great Gatsby

Several students in the school in which I serve expressed interest in the literature of the Jazz Age and Gatsby in particular, so here is a short reading on The Great Gatsby along with the vocabulary building and comprehension worksheet that attends it.

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Pedant (n), Pedantic (adj)

OK, one more thing on this very chilly (14 degrees here in Springfield, Massachusetts) Monday morning, to wit these two context clues worksheets on noun pedant and the adjective pedantic.

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The Weekly Text, January 11, 2019

This week’s Text is a quick one, mainly because I started a Sheltered English Immersion course last evening so that I can add that endorsement to my Massachusetts teaching licenses. Three hours, from four to seven, after teaching five periods makes for a long day, which left me weary.

Anyway, here is a reading on reading on chocolate tycoon and philanthropist Milton Hershey along with its comprehension worksheet. As this reading can explain to you and your students, Hershey was an interesting guy.

Several years ago “60 Minutes” ran a feature, which I cannot find on the Internet, on the possible sale of the Hershey Company. It was controversial because the philanthropies Milton Hershey contrived, particularly the Milton Hershey School, directly benefit from the company’s profits, and would lose that support in the event the company was sold. As far as I can tell (short of spending hours of research on this, which I really cannot afford to do at the moment), this issue remains unresolved.

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Paradigm (n)

Alright, here is another one of Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Day rendered as a context clues worksheet on the noun paradigm.

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Populace (n) and Populous (adj)

It’s chilly in Springfield, Massachusetts this morning, though nothing like the New England winters I remember 40 years ago. Still, the 19-degree temperatures at the moment aren’t exactly summoning. So I’ll sit here for another hour or so working on blog posts.

To that end, here are five worksheets on the homophones populace and populous.

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