Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 5 Gold Division Nov-Dec '09

All of the words listed here will appear in the second WordMasters Challenge, which will be held at your school between November 20 and December 11.  (Your teacher will tell you exactly when.)  The WordMasters Challenge is an analogy-solving contest.  The contest will challenge you to use the words from your list in logical pairs that will look like this:

 POWERFUL  :  DEIGN  ::  WEAK  : _____________________________
(a. flounder  /  b. grovel  /  c. falter  /  d. muzzle  /  e. curb)

To do this well, you will have to understand the exact meanings of all of your words, and you will have to reason carefully about the relationships shown in the pairs.

Here is how you should get ready for the Challenge:  After you have learned the meanings of these words, think about possible relationships among them.  Which words have similar meanings?  Which words have nearly opposite meanings?  (Of course, some words have more than one meaning.)  Think of some categories under which several words might be grouped.

Be sure you understand the part of speech of a word—whether it's a noun, a verb, or an adjective.  (Some words, such as "flounder" and "flail" and "curb" and "embargo" and "lapse" and "muzzle"  on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used.)  Pay attention to the prefixes and suffixes of words, because they are often clues to meaning and part of speech.  And try to familiarize yourself with other forms of these words—not just "dictatorial" but also "dictator," not just "naive" but also "naiveté," not just "worldly" but also "worldliness," not just "commerce" but also "commercial," not just "affable" but also "affability," not just "valor" but also "valorous," etc.

  1. valor
  2. flounder
  3. unkempt
  4. debris
  5. flail
  6. dogged
  7. flotsam
  8. curb
  9. dictatorial
  10. commerce
  11. grovel
  12. naive
  13. embargo
  14. muzzle
  15. stalwart
  16. edict
  17. dwindle
  18. worldly
  19. taboo
  20. deign
  21. adamant
  22. gaffe
  23. falter
  24. affable
  25. lapse

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Tuesday November 3rd 2009, 12:16 AM
Comment by: aimee S. (miami, FL)
when does the actual WORD MASTERS challenge come out?

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