I want to share a quick vocabulary starter with you today. We all know what an impact well-chosen vocabulary can have on a piece of writing. I am trying to spend more time helping my students to develop their vocabulary and I find starter activities are the perfect opportunity to do so.

The idea is a vocabulary spectrum as pictured below. It can really help them to think about their word choices. I’ve even heard some pretty serious discussions about where various words should be placed on the spectrum. Any activity which builds vocabulary, oracy and evaluation skill is alright with me!


Starter Activity : Vocabulary Spectrum

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