I just finished writing a comment on someone's post, and used both the word "scurrilous" and the word "invective" in writing that comment. After noticing that I used those two words... I then wrote the following:
Wow... there are two words that go all the way back to when I was teaching vocabulary in the Seventh Grade at St Euphemia Catholic Elementary School up in Ohio. Just think... thanks to me... your's truly... there are at least nine years worth of two classes each of 44 students... that comes out to 792 of my former students... who are walking around this country with decent vocabularies. Now that just makes a teacher and a mother... proud !
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So now... I pose the following question: Are today's elementary schools still teaching vocabulary ?
Way back when I taught junior high school... in the Catholic elementary schools... one of my classes was entitled "enrichment reading." It was as it implies... it was reading above and beyond what was normally taught in the seventh grade back then.
In addition to that... I also taught my own brand of vocabulary. Monday through Friday... Five New Words A Day ! It is funny, but I still remember the first word of the first day of the first week of the school year. Abject: very low in spirit or hope: miserable; wretched.
Each day... five more words. Each day... memorize them for the next day. Everybody... every day ! At the end of each week there was a test. ALL twenty-five words. Now, some might think that I would print out the definition, and have my "kids" write in from memory the "vocabulary word" that went along with that particular definition. Noper... not this teach.
I handed out the test paper... with each of that week's vocabulary words... numbered One through Twenty Five. Just the word. And then... several blank lines... for them to write in... from memory... the exact definition of that word. And by "exact"... I mean... e x a c t ! Word for word.
Oohhhh... they hated it at first. Lots of grumbling. But, when they took their test papers home to get them signed by their parents... boy, yikes, and wow ! Did the parents love them ? Yes they did !
There are some who remember the teaching of ESL... English as a Second Language. Unfortunately there are many youngsters "out there" (all immigrants aside) who have trouble speaking English as a First Language.
So... just for fun... those of you with seventh graders in school. Are your kids learning vocabulary words like I used to teach ? Share your thoughts on this... if you would be so kind...