Teaching students to write and speak with a more advanced vocabulary can be challenging. This simple but effective activity helps to make it more meaningful and enjoyable for your students.
The 30-Day Challenge is designed to bring thirty high-level vocabulary words to your students in an accessible way. These are high-level synonyms of words that your students use commonly in their writing and speaking. By getting in the habit of replacing their words with higher-level ones, your students’ written work will improve in skill and confidence.
Most importantly, there is humor involved in the example sentences. Humor is a great way to build a connection to the words and soften the “formalness” that can inhibit their use in writing or speaking.
The 30-Day Challenge introduces a new word each day on a Powerpoint slide. This can be projected on board or shown on a laptop. The slides can also be printed out for smaller groups or as visual aids in the classroom.
Tips for making this activity successful:
*Introduce only one word a day. Have a discussion about the word with the class and have them practice saying it with classmates.
*Have the students write the word, meaning, and sentence in their notes or journal.
*Encourage students to use the new words in their writing and speaking.
*Acknowledge when words are used in writing or speaking.
*As often as possible, use the words yourself to reinforce their meanings.
Suggestions on using the list of words:
*They can practice writing words in their own sentences.
*The students can find high-level antonyms of the words and begin to use those.
*Students can practice speaking the words by doing a “conversation game”. Each person has to keep the conversation going while using the words from the list.
*They can write a story or essay using as many words as they can from the list.
*Award points to students who use the words when answering a question or talking to you informally.