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The My Words Activity

The My Words Activity

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Published by Sybil Priebe
My Words is a basic, individualized activity where students seek out five words they want to research. They do the research for the words and earn points; at the end of the semester, they'll collect their 5-7 batches of My Words and create a test. Typically, they take their own tests as a refresher but you could switch it up and make a classmate take the test?
My Words is a basic, individualized activity where students seek out five words they want to research. They do the research for the words and earn points; at the end of the semester, they'll collect their 5-7 batches of My Words and create a test. Typically, they take their own tests as a refresher but you could switch it up and make a classmate take the test?

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THE
MY WORDS
ACTIVITY 
For this activity, you, the student, will need to determine
5 words forwhich you do not know the meanings
or
want to learn more about.
  You may hear/see these words on TV or in a lecture or online or in a book.
My Words
will probably be assigned every two weeks or so. The due datesare listed in the syllabus, but they may change – attending class will keepyou up-to-date on those changes. Each time a
My Words
activity is due, youwill be asked to find the following information with each of your five words:
1- The word in its context as you found it
(did you read it in a book? Then put the original sentence down for #1; if you heard it somewhere, putwhere you heard it, etc)
2- The definition
(can be found online or in a dictionary, obviously)
3- The part of 
speech (is it a noun, verb, adverb, adjective – this is foundwith the definition usually and some words are more than one part of speech)
4- Any root words, suffixes, or prefixes
(see example below)
5- Its etymology and the historical meaning
(see example below – youmay only find out that the word is Old English and that’s okay; some wordsare tough)
6- An original sentence using the word
(this means you’ll create abrand-new sentence with the word in it) To find the information online use the following steps:= Use the site for the American Heritage Dictionary OR Dictionary.com= etymonlinec.com = etymology web site= Another site to try: wordnavigator.comEXAMPLE:
ancestor 
1) "The wolf is the ancestor of man's oldest animal friend -- the dog." Book:
History of Wolves
2) definition: forefather, progenitor, forebear3) part of speech: noun4) root word: ancestry suffix: -or5) etymology: ante meaning before; cedere meaning to go6) My ancestors are German and Irish.
Save your
MY WORDS
for the final test!

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