The ultimate goal of teachers is to prepare students to be independent thinkers and learners. But what do many students do when they come across a word they don't know in a challenging text? Far too many students skip the unknown words altogether…leaving that precious meaning behind. And let's face it, how many of those students will actually hunt down a dictionary or ask an expert? Not many. Students need to realize that they already have the tools of the mind necessary to accurately define even the most difficult words in any text.
Enter NONSENSE! This fantastic Drill can be used daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever to boost your students' ability to define unknown words. Sure, we've all heard of context clues. And a small percentage of students know what to do with them. But there's much more to context than simply the words around the unknown word. The form of the word, as well as, its function can deliver new meaning as well.
The Nonsense drill allows students of all ability levels to be on the same page. There's no way a student can simply define a word from memory. These are Nonsense words! Made up, except for the ending. Students will become experts at the English Parts of Speech and have fun while doing it!
Inside, you'll find:
• The Lesson Plan (Procedures for the Drill)
• Master copy of Nonsense Final Answer Cards
• A Comprehensive List of Nonsense Words
• 20 Context Rich sentences
As a special bonus, you'll thrill your students because, when they go home and their parents ask, "What did you do in class today?" students can then answer, "We did nonsense!"