As I wrote earlier, I always asked students on quizzes to use the words in original sentences--ones that clearly revealed the meanings of the words. Some students saw this as an opportunity ...
2. Two girls a few years--the best of friends who sat next to each other--wrote humorously vicious sentences about each other, week after week ... Vocab Wars I called it. (Sample [with new names]: Suzie was such a libertine that her parents pulled her out of college. That sort of thing.)
3. Some students--in middle and high school--took the chance to write sentences that went after me. It sort of serves me right, though, because I put dotage on my list--and that invited all sorts of creative activity on vocab quiz day.
4. I had students who wrote continuing stories that lasted all year long, twenty installments, five sentences each.
5. I always enjoyed the students who tried to fool me--who weren't quite sure what the word meant and spent a lot of creative effort crafting a sentence that would sort of sound as if it were right. Sometimes I admired these efforts so much that I just plain didn't have the heart to mark them wrong.
|aphid giving birth ... TMI?|
Some of my students hated this ending--they were armadillo fans and did not like finding out, thirty-six weeks later, that their beloved armadillo was really only a home for another aphid.
And years later, now and then, I run into one of these armadillo fans (now in his/her mid-fifties) and hear that I am still not forgiven. Maybe one day ... but not now!