A unique collection of over 200 fun, reproducible word games organized into seven sections covering Development of the English Language (Latin Phrases and Words from William Shakespeare) ... Grammar & Usage (Parts of Speech, Lie and Lay and Misplaced Modifiers) ... Punctuation (Which Punctuation Mark) ... Spelling & Pronunciation (Irregular Plurals and Palindromes) ... Names of People, Places & Things (Places with Colorful Names) ... Language as an Art Form (Euphemisms, Oxymorons and Echoic Words) ... and Miscellaneous Word Games (Expressions Using UP).
Ruth Rice, a former classroom teacher, has authored more than 80 sets of educational materials and written numerous puzzles and games as a contributing editor to Scholastic Scope Magazine.
About this book. SECTION 1. Development of the English language. Stages of development. Synonyms from Anglo-Saxons and Latin. Latin and Greek synonyms. Latin phrases. Words from the European Countries. Words from the Romance Languages. Words from Asia, the Middle East, and the Islands. Words from Native American Languages. Words from William Shakespeare. Phrases from William Shakespeare. Phrases from Miguel de Cervantes. Proverbs from John Heywood. Doublets. Prefixes. Suffixes. Roots. Origins of words. More word origins. Compounds. Clipped words. Blends. Acronyms. Eponyms. Words from brand names. Generalizations and specialization. A mysterious example of generalization. Elevation and degeneration. Back formation and folk etymology. Slang. Obsolescent and obsolete words. Neologisms and nonce words. New words in politics and government. New words in Business and industry. New terms in Science and medicine. New terms in art and music. New terms in sports. New terms for types of people. New words for foods and fashion. New names for new products. British English. Australian English. SECTION 2. Grammar and usage. Parts of speech. Types of nouns. Types of objects. Direct objects. Recognizing verbs. Principal parts of verbs. Transitive, intransitive, active, and passive verbs. Lie and lay. Verb tense. Subjunctives. Nouns or verbs?. Agreement of subjects and verbs. Pronouns. Types of pronouns. Recognizing adjectives. Recognizing adverbs. Adjectives or adverbs?. Recognizing prepositions. Conjunctions. Prefixes and suffixes. Dependent clauses. Subordinate clauses. Simple, compound, and complex sentences. Sentence fragments. Misplace modifiers. The importance of capital letters. Capitalization. Parallel construction. Unnecessary words. Usage. Preferred usage. Paragraphing. The importance of punctuation. Types of punctuation marks. Punctuation rules. Which punctuation mark?. End punctuation. Punctuating a series. Punctuating appositive and adjective clauses. Punctuating interrupters. Punctuating quotations. Apostrophes in possessive nouns. Apostrophes in contractions. The importance of periods and apostrophes. Common abbreviations. SECTION 3. Spelling and pronunciation. Rules for spelling plurals. Irregular plurals. Silent letters. I before E. The schwa. Words with repeated letters. The "eyes" words. The "seed" words. Words containing E's. Words containing the sound of OO. Words containing the sounds of A and AR. Words containing the sounds of E and I. Words containing the sound of SH. Unusual vowel combinations. Words with ABLE and IBLE. Doubling letters before suffixes. Adding prefixes. Similar words often confused. Synonyms. Synonyms inside words. Oodles of synonyms. Antonyms. Antonym chain. Homonyms. Animal homonyms. Heteronyms. Anagrams. More anagrams. Palindromes. Spelling demons. Spelling hexagrams. Spelling maze. Pronunciation. Same spelling but different pronunciation. Accent shift. Enunciation. SECTION 4. Names of people, places, and things. Places in the US named after people. Places in the world named after people. Meanings of places names. Places with colorful names. Items named after places. Origins of surnames. Surnames based on occupations. Names related to animals. Names of writers. Items named after people. Words from mythology. Origins of brand names. Names of cars. Names of birds. Names of flowers. Occupational names. Names of imaginary people. SECTION 5. Language an art form. Techniques in prose writing. Terms used by writers. Figures of speech. Similes and metaphors. Euphemisms. Antithesis. Biblical allusions. Allusion to fables, myths and literature. Symbolism. Parallel proverbs. Malapropisms. Oxymorons. Connotation. Sound effects. Tautonymic expressions. Inner rhyme. Vowel change. Echoic words (Onomatopoeia). Rhyme. Rhyme schemes and stanzas. Rhythm. Concrete Poems (Calligrams). SECTION 6. Miscellaneous word games. October quiz. Thanksgiving. Yuletide. January games. Be my Valentine. Presidents day. March game. Arbor Day. Mother's Day and Father's Day. Shopping for rhymes. Hink Pink People. Tom Twisties. Animals in Sayings. Terms related to animals. More animal terms. Sounds animals make. Dogs. Colorful expressions. Expressions using up. Expressions involving a series. Expression involving food. Misleading expressions. Terms containing body parts. Expressions involving body parts. Double meanings. Misinterpretations. Money terms. Postal abbreviations. Gobbledygook. Letterspeak. Daffy definitions. Baseball and football terms. Words containing roman numerals. Numerical prefixes. The wicked witch. Break-aparts. Phobias. Repeated words. Most beautiful words. The end.
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Here's a unique collection of over 200 fun, ready-to-use word games and activities to introduce secondary English students of all ability levels to the sheer joy of word play while they practice and review a wide variety of skills. You'll find these 5-to 15-minute activity sheets ideal for a variety of purposes— introducing or reviewing material...beginning or ending the class period... occupying students who finish their assignments early...helping individual students practice a particular skill...or simply providing a light moment in the classroom! For quick access and easy use, these activities are conveniently organized into seven sections:*Development of the English Language— 42 activities highlight the development of English, including Latin and Greek influences, changes in word forms and meanings, words from Shakespeare and others, and the spread of English across the world. *Grammar and usage— 32 activities help build skills in parts of speech, sentence construction, fragments, misplaced modifiers, and more. *Punctuation— 13 activities illustrate the uses of punctuation marks and demonstrate, often humorously, how punctuation can change meaning. *Spelling and pronunciation— 36 activities help students learn spelling rules and their exceptions, and teach about synonyms, homonyms, anagrams, and more. *Names of people, places and things— 17 activities make it fun for students to investigate the origins of surnames, place names, brand names, and more. *Language as an Art Form— 22 activities teach literary techniques and devices, including figure of speech, symbolism, onomatopoeia, allusions, rhyme and rhythm, malapropisms, oxymorons, and euphemisms. *Miscellaneous word games— 41 fun activities play with double meanings, idioms, and other features of the language, or tie into holidays and special events.These games cover a wide range of difficulty and can be used with all students at different levels of learning. What's more, self-checking features in most of the games help students work independently, and complete answer keys are provided for the teacher. The English Teacher's Book Of Instant Word Games provides you with over 200 of the kind of fresh, success-oriented activities that make it fun to practice a variety of language arts skills!