This is a graphic organizer/space to compile research ideas that correlates to my "SAT Vocabulary and Linguistics Project". There is space to compile all information for the word posters, to write a rough draft of the Biopoems, to brainstorm what their "new" words will be (created using word stems), and to jot down ideas for their Word personifications.
I require this to be done before final work starts on this project, and it comes in as a separate, preparatory grade.
Below is a description of the assignment itself:
This is a fairly large mini-unit exploring SAT (or other appropriately challenging) vocabulary words. I use it leading into state benchmark practice tests to expose students to a multitude of challenging vocabulary that is most likely to appear on standardized tests.
Students create "biopoems" using their word as the "person" they are writing a biography about, explore etymology/origin/connotation/pronunciation/etc., create word "personifications" (ex: a short story about 'Mr. Omnipotent'), and create "new" words altogether using Greek and Latin stems most likely to appear on their End of Course test.
This can be adapted to use any vocabulary you use in your classroom, and there are also links to other lists available online that students can choose from. Students are given the choice of vocabulary words they want to really dig into for the project, and I have found that this is a highly engaging project in my 9th grade classes.
This project also comes with a very useful preparatory/"rough draft" organizer that I require students to complete before final drafting the project, and a suggested word list with links to other appropriate lists.