I have given each word on Jim Burke's list a definition to make it quicker and easier to study.
Called English Pursuit as it is easily played the same as Trivial Pursuit. However, given that we have fewer hours in the classroom than we would like, it can be used as an engaging and dynamic group exercise. I originally used this as a classroom game, but soon discovered that my students enjoyed these cards as a revision activity at home or I've used them to keep individual students busy while others are finishing exams or important work.
I keep two sets. One in the classroom which is laminated and I make non-color photocopies for students who are interested in revising these core words.
There is a teacher's copy at the top which can be printed as a master copy for monitoring and checking over words and definitions. Just print of the cards and give them to groups of students!
I would recommend that students write their incorrect responses in their vocabulary notebooks so they can revise them later.
Whether we agree with it or not, the common core is here but revising doesn't have to be boring, so try this to spruce things up for students!
Depending on how you use the activity, it can be adapted to include more Standards.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use:
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
The easiest way to do this is to print a copy and then match the first page of questions with the first page of answers and then make a copy from one sided to two sided.
The other option is more complicated and it requires that you intimately understand how your photocopier works. Print pages 7-11 and put them back in the tray before printing Pages 12-16. Make sure it prints on the opposite side.
If you have any questions or comments about the activity, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you think a word's definition is not the most suitable, I'd love to have the feedback.
If you have a different list of vocabulary that you would like to see in the English Pursuit format, don't hesitate to send me a message.