Vocabulary: Troublesome Words Activities & Quizzes Distance Learning

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5th - 12th, Homeschool
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These PowerPoint created slides for Middle School and High School students showcase four troublesome word lists. Each list includes a practice exercise and then a 30 point quiz. Whether Distance Learning or Classroom Learning, they are terrific for mini-lessons to clarify students' confusion when using these Troublesome Words.

The sixteen slides in this show review the usage of words such as affect/effect, lie/lay, further/farther, few/less, nauseated, nauseous, and many more. I include an answer key for the practices and the quizzes.

Following each word list is a practice session. These exercises as well as the quizzes use the characters: Mrs. Hardcase, an English teacher, Dave Demittis (Demented Dave) the principal, and students: Bubba, Zelda and Bertha in a variety of escapades. They are the same characters that I created and use in my SAT Word Lists SAT-Word-Lists-and-Quizzes-Distance-Learning-2640. Their antics always hook students.

If you prefer not to use this product as slides, print it off (using the Full-Page option) so students have a hard copy to use for this word study.

Want to encourage students to enhance their Vocabulary repertoire? Check out ELA-DIGITAL-STUDENT-RESPONSE-FORMS-DISTANCE-CLASSROOM-LEARNING-5825442 and browse pages 61-71

Use the following graphic organizers in the Digital Student response Forms packet to help students erase their confusion with Troublesome Words:

Vocabulary Study pgs. 62-63

Context Clues pgs. 64-65

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You will appreciate these sanity-saving lessons when reading essays where students now use these Troublesome Words correctly.

For more vocabulary lists and reinforcement activities, check out

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Vocabulary: 31 Ideas for Teaching Vocabulary


Vocabulary: Word Up With the Power of Words

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Total Pages
16 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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