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We have all seen this tired loop of "instruction": distribute word list, have students look up words, ask students to use the words in original sentences. While encouraging usage is never a bad idea, it's not realistic to expect students to pivot from definition to usage without guidance. We suggest ditching (or at least delaying) the idea of originality and instead asking students to model their sentences on usage examples written by those people who are especially skilled with using words: professional writers. Continue reading...
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A literacy coach set out to storm the Vocabulary.com school leaderboards by herself and ended reaching her goal with an army of middle schoolers at her side, setting off a blaze of word learning excitement at her school. Continue reading...
TOPICS: Teachers, Vocabulary
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In heated competition, Corkscrew Middle in Naples, FL topped the Vocabulary.com school leaderboard for the month of November and were awarded the Vocabulary.com Champions' Banner to display in their school. What's their secret? Making competition fun. Continue reading...
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You've read the book. You can't wait for the movie. In the meantime, learn the vocab from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game in our list of the week. Continue reading...
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When you're learning new words on Vocabulary.com, you're engaging in what psychologists call "distributed learning" and "practice testing," and a new study shows they're the best way to learn. Continue reading...
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High/low, yes/no, black/white. There's something reassuring about opposites. A lot of vocabulary teaching is done using pairs of opposites, and with good reason: learners really feel they have a handle on a concept if they grasp its antithesis. There are, however, some other concept families that are best learned using three terms — triples — that provide a middle ground which in turn enhances all three concepts. Continue reading...
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List of the Week: Sophocles' "Oedipus the King" and "Antigone"

Brush up on your classic Greek drama vocabulary with two new lists: "Oedipus the King" and "Antigone".
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