Tag Archives: building vocabulary

Omen (n)

Over the years, I’ve found that I can take little for granted in terms of the prior knowledge that my students possess, a fact that moved me to write this context clues worksheet on the noun omen.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Qualm (n)

It is a gorgeous day in Manhattan, so this context clues worksheet on the noun qualm in no way reflects my state of mind. As soon as I can get out of this grim, windowless building (about which I do have a serious qualm or two), I’m going for a walk through Hudson River Park.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Coarse (adj) and Course (n)

Today is June 19, 2018. It’s the birthday of baseball legend Lou Gehrig; he was born on this day in 1903. It is also Juneteenth! If there is a celebration of this vital American holiday, get yourself to it! I saw the great Johnny Copeland play on Juneteenth in the early eighties.

Here are five homophone worksheets on the adjective coarse and the noun course that may well have a place in your classroom.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Spurn (v)

You might be able to use, if you think your students should know this word (I think mine should, which is why I wrote it) this context clues worksheet on the verb spurn.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Manifesto (n)

A public declaration of advocated opinion, intent, viewpoint, etc., especially a political exhortation or proclamation of aesthetic principles; avowal; credo. Plural: manifestos, manifestoes.

‘How often he had seen her, as they sat together in the evening lamplight, with a pad of it propped on her knee as she drafted a letter to her Congressman, or flaming manifesto for one or another of the ecological causes into which she threw herself, and sometimes him.’” Peter De Vries, Madder Music

Grambs, David. The Random House Dictionary for Writers and Readers. New York: Random House, 1990.

The Weekly Text, June 15, 2018

Today is Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan for 2018. I bid my Muslim friends, neighbors, and students a happy holiday.

This week’s Text is a quick one, after a week of testing. Here are two context clues worksheets on the nouns prologue and epilogue.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Criterion (n) & Criteria (n)

Here is a context clues worksheet that focuses on two words, to wit, the nouns criterion (singular) and criteria (plural). I developed this earlier this year for a unit on argumentation I started. I have another one on datum and data that I’ll pass along shortly.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.