The Houston Independent School District has made boosting literacy a district-wide goal, and to that end, it has rolled out Vocabulary.com to all middle school and high school students in the district. In the process, Houston ISD schools have dominated the nationwide Vocabulary Bowl
Fake mobsters in suits and spats are pretentious
. But a horse head in your bed? That's portentous
. And also, call the police.
, and fictitious
all branch off the "fiction" tree, but fictional
is literary, fictive
is specific, and fictitious
is just plain fake.
The word facetious
describes something you don't take seriously. Remove the middle "e," and factious
describes a dissenting group. And finally there's fatuous
, which is a fancy way to say dumb.
When Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, MD used Vocabulary.com to improve its lexile scores, their success inspired a district-wide adoption among Title 1 schools to achieve literacy goals.
Follow the story of an Ohio high school addressing reading deficits behind the achievement gap with a targeted vocab intervention using Vocabulary.com. Students are having fun with the game and teachers love the progress they are making.
Nearly 800 witty entries from around the world made judging this year's Vocabulary Video Contest harder than ever.