Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 6 Blue 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:

PUZZLE  :  SOLVED  ::  CODE  :   _______________________
(a. defiled  /  b. deployed  /  c. debilitated  /  d. disintegrated  /  e. deciphered)

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 can be pronounced in more than one way, and some, such as "crop" and "hamstring" and "bore" and "refuse" 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 "deploy" but also "deployment," not just "fertile" but also "fertility," not just "liberal" but also "liberality," not just "debilitate" but also "debility," not just "disintegrate" but also "disintegration," not just "radiant" but also "radiate" and "radiance," not just "perpetrator" but also "perpetrate," not just "resplendent" but also "resplendence," etc.

  1. riffraff
  2. hamstring
  3. resplendent
  4. crop
  5. deploy
  6. clandestine
  7. proprietor
  8. disintegrate
  9. radiant
  10. output
  11. perforate
  12. furtive
  13. aftermath
  14. debilitate
  15. fertile
  16. perpetrator
  17. defile
  18. fruitful
  19. impact
  20. decipher
  21. lucrative
  22. shard
  23. bore
  24. liberal
  25. refuse

(Click here for the word list.)

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