Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 7 Blue Division Jan-Feb '09

All of the words listed here will appear in the second WordMasters Challenge, which will be held at your school between February 2 and February 20. (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:

UNFAVORABLE : PREJUDICE :: FAVORABLE : _______________________
(a. renown / b. conviviality / c. predilecton / d. aversion / e. luminary)

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 "sway" and "buttress" and "bolster" 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 "glutton" but also "gluttony" and "gluttonous," not just "averse" but also "aversion," not just "renowned" but also "renown," not just "confront" but also "confrontation," not just "deficient" but also "deficiency," not just "inaugurate" but also "inauguration," not just "roister" but also "roisterer," not just "notoriety" but also "notorious," not just "magnanimous" but also "magnanimity," not just "boisterous" but also "boisterousness," etc.

  1. shortfall
  2. confront
  3. renowned
  4. predilection
  5. sway
  6. boisterous
  7. penchant
  8. buttress
  9. averse
  10. outset
  11. belabor
  12. deficient
  13. drove
  14. inaugurate
  15. magnanimous
  16. spate
  17. roister
  18. convivial
  19. notoriety
  20. defame
  21. replete
  22. glutton
  23. bolster
  24. plebeian
  25. skullduggery

(Click here for the word list.)

Note: Some of these words will also appear in the third WordMasters Challenges, scheduled for later this year.

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Sunday February 1st 2009, 4:35 PM
Comment by: Laura W. (North Reading, MA)
Could some other teachers tell me how they have prepared students
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