Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 8 Blue Division Nov-Dec '10

All of the words listed here will appear in the first 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:

STORM  CLOUDS  :  THREATENING  ::  RAINBOW  : _____________________
(a. pernicious  /  b. bountiful  /  c. sumptuous  /  d. propitious  /  e. pungent)

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 and can be pronounced in more than one way.)  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 "spawn" 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 "portent" but also "portend" and "portentous," not just "taciturn" but also "taciturnity," not just "shrew" but also "shrewish," not just "pungent" but also "pungency," not just "voluble" but also "volubility,"  not just "repudiate" but also "repudiation," not just "premonition" but also "premonitory," not just "concord" but also "concordant," not just "bountiful" but also "bounty," not just "corrosive" but also "corrode" and "corrosion," not just "fiend" but also "fiendish," etc.

  1. talisman
  2. sunder
  3. pungent
  4. concord
  5. jettison
  6. trenchant
  7. shrew
  8. dispel
  9. querulous
  10. premonition
  11. spawn
  12. pernicious
  13. skinflint
  14. quash
  15. sumptuous
  16. portent
  17. disavow
  18. propitious
  19. consensus
  20. repudiate
  21. corrosive
  22. schism
  23. oust
  24. bountiful
  25. fiend

Keep this list.  Some of these words will also appear in the second and third WordMasters Challenges, scheduled for later this year.

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Welcome to the November-December 2010 WordMasters Challenge!