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Vocabulary Brainstorming to Inspire Creative Quickwrites
« on: March 04, 2018, 09:15:46 PM »

Vocabulary Brainstorming to Inspire Creative Quickwrites
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Purpose of activity: To build vocabulary and engage students in creative quickwriting

Description of activity:

1) Begin with a “vocabulary word association” game.
  • The teacher provides one word and writes it on the board.
  • The next student says the first word he/she can think of that’s associated with the previous word. The teacher writes that word on the board.
  • This continues from student to student (either going around the circle or up and down rows), with each student adding a new words that is somehow associated with the previous word. (Emphasize that the new word only needs be associated to the one previous word, not the whole list of words.) The teacher continues to add each word to the list.
  • Continue until everyone has had at least one turn.
  • You will end up with a collection of words. For example: invention, robot, metal, spoon, cereal, oats, horse, barn, farm, corn, flakes, snow, ice, freezer, ice cream, cake, birthday, balloons, party, presents, bows, hair…
  • Take a few minutes to make sure that all your students are familiar with all the words on the list.

2) Next, students have 5 minutes to do a creative quickwrite where they try to use as many words from the list as they can. Remind students that the goal is to keep writing. They shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about punctuation and grammar. Let their imaginations run free as they write.