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Title: Embedding and Enriching Language in the Creative Curriculum Gifted and Talented Children

Embedding and Enriching Language in the Creative
CurriculumGifted and Talented Children
  • Opportunities to support all childrenbut
  • especially GT can be offered through
  • expanding, enriching and embedding
  • the etymology,
  • development and
  • understanding
  • and
  • QUESTIONING skills
  • appropriate use
  • and level of language

Language a fundamental tool in the armoury of
GT children
  • Impoverished language decimates opportunities in
    life and curtails
  • creativity and potential achievements.
  • Enriched language is a powerful key that opens so
    many doors of
  • opportunity and empowers for life.

  • Continually develop inquisitiveness about
    language through
  • SODA activities Synonyms/Antonyms Creative
    Collective Nouns
  • ConundrumsCall My Bluff
  • P words Portmanteau Palindrome
  • Lost for Words? Instead of said and went
  • Onomatopoeic words
  • Using pictures to generate new vocabulary
  • Word Trees words of anger words of calm
  • Etymology of Words Kennings Karmadharaya
  • Idioms and Cliches BIG words
    for little words
  • What can you do with the LONGEST word?

  • SODA (Start Of The Day Activities) Multi-syllabic
    word on board
  • Synonyms
  • bellowedshriekedsplutteredmusedmurmuredmutter
  • chokedbabbledscreameddemandedyelpedgrumbledp
  • hummedsighedwhisperedgulpedprotestedscreeched
  • begged hollered sang guessed
    suggested replied hissed
  • Antonyms
  • whisperedbellowed howledsimpered
    murmuredscreeched bawledwhimpered
    sniffed snarled commandedbegged
  • babbledarticulated demandedagreed
  • Rhyme Alliteration
  • Expect them to be used during creative writing.

Creative Collective Nouns
  • Invent!
  • A prickle of hedgehogs.
  • A blithering of idiots.
  • A tilt of windmills.
  • A sulk of teenagers.
  • An undulation of hills.
  • A wiggle of Elvis impersonators.
  • A skulk of foxes.
  • A tangle of tricksters.
  • A fluff of clouds.
  • A stench of skunks.
  • A steaming of puddings.
  • A knot of stomachs.
  • An incantation of spells.
  • A fracturing of bones.
  • A penalty of footballs.
  • A rhubarb of pies.
  • A twist of ankles.

  • Whoops-a-daisy! The box of synonyms has been
  • dropped all over the floor..sort them out!
  • fall weep cry coax
    tumble race
  • sob dash hurry gallop
  • persuade plummet influence
  • dive drop sprint howl enthuse
  • encourage wail scamper cajole

  • Antonymsmatch the opposites
  • svelte microscopic modern
  • cowardly narrow above
  • found safe high weak
  • famous wavy short raced
  • straight melancholy lost low
  • stout wide titanic ancient
  • brave beneath strong day
  • cavernous early tardy far

  • Language Conundrums
  • Brilliant investigative material.
  • Start at the far end of the alphabetthe
  • end children dont use too much.
  • Whats a ZEUGMA?
  • Challenge
  • Find dictionary meaning.
  • Then play Call My Bluff
  • Give 3 plausible explanations.

  • Call My Bluff
  • Zeugma
  • The use of a single word (often a verb) or phrase
  • link or apply to two or more nouns when its
    sense is
  • appropriate to only one of them.
  • A German built robotic machine used in the
  • pharmaceutical business for accurately balancing
  • chemical blends in certain medicines when going
  • trials.
  • Greek in origin, its a sneeze.

  • Use of a single word or phrase (esp. a verb)
  • to link or apply to two or more nouns
  • when its sense is appropriate to only
  • one of them.
  • Examples
  • He held his tongue and his temper.
  • He arrived in a taxi and a hurry.
  • She opened the door and her heart to the orphan.
  • Past the winning post he rode his bike and his
    greatest ambition.
  • The men continued cutting down the rain forest
    and the planets
  • lungs.

  • Try another! Call My Bluff Williwaw
  • The aborigine women in the Australian outback,,
    when attempting to get their young off to sleep,
    would softly sing a williwaw .their version of
    a lullaby.which alluded to Mother Nature calling
    the children to the land of sleep and they must
  • In the craggy Scottish highlands, at the time of
    Robert the Bruce (King Robert 1), who was
    fighting Edward Longshanks (King Edward 1 of
    England) for the independence of Scotland, men
    were said to give warning of the English army
    approaching by a williwawa high-pitched wolf
    sound that sent chills down the spine.
  • An Inuit word, describing the viciously cold wind
    that descended from the snow and ice fields of
    the Alaskan Panhandle, greatly accelerated by the
    force of gravity and feared by the British seamen
    in the 19th century who came across it whilst
    sailing along the Alaskan fjords and Straits of

A viciously cold wind of the Alaskan Panhandle region.
P wordsPortmanteau Words
  • Lewis Carrollnonsense language.
  • Alice Through the Looking GlassHumpty Dumpty
    Well, slithy means lithe and slimyyou
  • see, its like a Portmanteau .blending
    together the meanings of two words.
  • (Frenchporterto carry and manteaumantle..a
    huge bag that has two sections)
  • Examples
  • Galumph ( gallop /triumphant)originally
    described the swagger of the boy who slew the
    jabberwocky and went gallumping back.
  • Chortle (chuckle/snort)onomatopaeic for a rich,
    throaty gurgle of laughter.

P wordsPalindromes
  • Word, phrase, sentence read forwards or
    backwardssays the
  • same thing.
  • Examples
  • ewe rotor level
    dad radar sos pip
  • dont nod deer breed civic
    oxo pop
  • mum minim kayak toot
    nan wet stew
  • we sew was it a car or a cat I saw
    Derek, I like red
  • he did huh race fast, safe car
    never odd or even
  • In words, drown I redder
    refer solos

P wordsPandemonium words
  • In the 2nd half of 19th century pandemonium
    came to mean chaos and
  • commotion. Encourage use in creative writing to
    create mood and vivid
  • imagery.
  • uproar volatile explosive
    jangling stormy thunderous
    nightmarish frenzy
  • furore jittery hurly-burly
  • raucous fevered tumultuous
  • seismic convulsive disquiet
  • frisson cacophony rasping

  • Lost for Words? SAID
  • Nothing is guaranteed to bore a teacher more than
    the repetition of said in a piece of writing.
  • Quietly does it
  • assumed blushed cowered dreamed dithered
  • acquiesced dribbled drooled gulped
  • hummed lamented reflected whispered
  • yawned sighed purred sniffed vowed
  • Loudly does it
  • wailed boomed exploded erupted cackled
  • bickered howled yapped bellowed objected
  • jabbered hollered hissed grizzled fumed
  • interrupted swaggered squawked roared
  • Have a Wall of Words which children can use
    in creative writing.
  • When used correctly, reward ! Competitionwho can
    include the most?

  • WENT

Mood Speed Impediment
bumped frolicked squirmed gyrate lunged writhed blitzed fluttered by forayed jaunted ambled dawdled pottered breezed meandered paced strolled coasted hot-footed it limped fumbled flagged muddled along teetered hobbled tottered lolloped
duck and dived snuck in trekked wriggled tiptoed swaggered stomped gambolled trounced gushed sprang steam-rollered warped loitered cantered dashed trickled puffed and panted crawled on hands and knees staggered laboured doddered
flurried lingered vaulted hopped shillied and shallied wafted rambled propelled galloped scarpered scooted catapaulted streaked gushed darted surged slogged jostled floundered shuffled buckled drudged wheezed wobbled
  • Onomatopoeic
  • Words
  • The formation of a word whose sound suggests the
  • meaning of that word.
  • Another whizz topic for investigation or play

blip brrrr! buzz plop! ping beep pitter-patter splish splosh crackle boing! swoosh fizz click-clack shoo! yuk! zing sh!sh! glug glug zonk vroom vroom!
achoo! woof! whoosh gush chuff neigh meow! honk gurgle kerplunk! zap! eek! biff swish hush! coo boo hiss clank bong! flush
beep phew! clomp clang whirr sizzle slurp oink oink! psst! whoops crunch squelch chirp sniff choo choo! moo aaarh! swoosh cuckoo ouch! tick-tock
  • Using pictures to
  • generate new
  • Vocabulary
  • Whatever topic or theme for a story or
  • Poem, in Geography, History, Drama or
  • Science, use pictures to stimulate
  • language and build vocabulary.

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Word Treesanger and calm
apoplectic affronted cantankerous irate flaring flaming pugnacious incensed rankled venomous vindictive quarrelsome ruffled scorching resentful loathing rampage gripe brusque crusty embittered offensive huffy riled ranting fractious go berserk rancour wrath malicious hot under the collar hopping mad fiery furious bluster inflammable vexed snarling ratty spitting mad truculent spiteful seething uncontrollable
assuage placid pacify conciliatory peaceful tame unperturbed placate restrained sanctuary sedate tranquil nonchalant halcyon coolness cradling sombre composed becalmed convivial balmy appeased lull truce settled serene serenity slumber relaxed lulled sober soothing reposeful restive restrained passivity passive solace warmth wistful gently hopeful meek mild homely cosy diplomatic softly
ETYMOLOGICAL InvestigationsWhere do these words
come from originally? What do they mean? How did
they get into our language? Use in Call My
  • sandwich buccaneer
  • tally
  • eavesdrop cadge
  • milliner
  • marathon flamboyant

Idioms and Cliches
  • Choose a topic. Write theme in centre of huge
    circle. Put in
  • as many idioms and cliches about that topic as
    can be found.
  • All fingers and thumbs fight tooth and nail
    Putting a brave face on it
  • Bite your tongue Got egg on his face
    On tip of my tongue
  • Hit the nail on the head See eye to eye
    Watch your mouth
  • Cat got your tongue Pulling your leg
    Cost an arm and a leg
  • Two left feet Head in the clouds
    Hour-glass figure Doe-eyed
  • Parts of the body.
  • Having cold feet Two-faced Pins
    and needles in my fingers
  • Head and shoulders above the rest
    Memory like a sieve
  • A real brainbox A back as straight as a rod
  • Have itchy feet Hes an old hand at
    this Learn by heart
  • Under your thumb Under your feet
    Stick your neck out
  • Eyes bigger than his stomach
    Eyes in the back of her head
  • Has not got a leg to stand on Keep eyes
    peeled Fingers crossed

  • Anglo-Saxon in origin.described something
    without using its
  • nameused a compound phrase instead which
    described its
  • appearance or actions.
  • Eg. Night- hunter for a wolf.
  • Sea- raider for their boats.
  • Death-bringer for their swords.
  • Sea steed for a ship.
  • Sky-candle for the sun.
  • Battle-sweat for blood.
  • The whales- way for the sea.
  • Blood-ember for an axe.
  • Sun of the houses for fire.
  • Modern day possibilities
  • Dream machine for a bike.
  • Squirrel highways for an oak tree.
  • Black coat of the road for asphalt.
  • Yellow hem of the seas blue skirt

Karmadharaya (from SANSKRIT)
  • A compound word in which the first half
  • is an adjective that describes the second
  • half, which is a noun.
  • Examples
  • blueberry gentleman foulmouth
  • highlight blackboard broadband
  • downtown highway blackberry
  • short-term redhead blacklist
  • sidestep downsize crazy-paving
  • whitewash blackbird overrate
  • overhang oversize overweight
  • loudmouth underpass superhuman

  • BIG words for
  • little words

  • Big and little are great words for the very
    young when building up their bank of vocabulary
  • but the universe of big and little needs to
    then be greatly extended, because of the dynamic
  • creative influence it can offer in writing and
    when speaking.
  • quick expeditious wrongerroneous
  • improveameliorate foe adversary
  • nearadjacent biasprejudice
  • leftabandoned lackdeficiency
  • boldaudacious homedomicile
  • secretclandestine roomycommodious
  • puzzlingenigmatic renewrenovate

Another sort of BIG and little words game
  • Sort into BIG synonym words and little
    synonym words.
  • Then sort again into sizelargest to
  • smallest.
  • Then choose one and try to find its
  • antonym.

large phenomenal spacious profuse bulky boundless abundant cavernous considerable jumbo immense significant grandiose cosmic huge bounteous immeasurable Titanic vast substantial mountainous volcanic whopping monumental Herculean Olympic
itsy-bitsy weasly scrimpy scanty diminutive micro spartan trifling infinitesimal puny miniscule trivial elfin negligible inconsiderable dot titchy meagre Lilliputian paltry microscopic ant-like smidgen teeny-weeny
What can you do with the longest word?
  • Websters International Unabridged Dictionary
  • Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis
  • Break word up into keys to find meanings
  • Pneumon lung, to do with breathing
  • oultra beyond, exceeding
  • micro minute, small by comparison
  • scop watch, see
  • ic like, the nature of
  • silico flint
  • volcano volcano
  • koni dust
  • osis disease
  • Sothe meaning is A lung disease caused by
    inhaling dust like silicon and
  • volcanic ash particles, so minute that, in order
    to see them, a microscope,
  • which exceeds the ordinary, is needed.

But what to do with it?
  • Use in Call My Bluff
  • Write (carefully) on board and find
  • as many smaller words as possible from it.
  • Find other words that begin with Pneum
  • and their meanings.
  • Its a sesquipedalian word ( a long word).
  • Find other sesquipedalian words
  • (eg antejentacularpre-breakfast /
    discombobulatedthrown into a state of confusion
    / pugnaciousquarrelsome/ quotidianeveryday,
    commonplace / mendaciousdishonest)
  • Play the Sesquipedalian Game.
  • Count the vowelshow many times do they appear?
    Whats the most used ? What do you think is the
    most common vowel in the English language?

Is yours a Questioning Environment?
  • Do you ask the same level questions all
  • the time or do you raise the tide for all
  • your children by asking higher level
  • questions some of the time?

The language of Blooms Taxonomy of thinking
skillsasking the right questions.
  • Lower Order Skills
  • Remembering recognise, list, describe, retrieve,
    name, find, tell, show, label, collect, who what
    when why where
  • Understanding interpret, summarise, paraphrase,
    classify, explain,
  • contrast, predict, examine, estimate, discuss.
  • Applying implement, carry out, use, execute,
    demonstrate, calculate, relate,
  • discover, classify, solve, modify.
  • Higher Order Skills
  • Analysing compare, organise, deconstruct,
    interrogate, analyse, order, select, deduce,
    infer, discriminate.
  • Evaluating check, hypothesise, judge, assess,
    grade, rank, conclude,, convince, recommend,
    persuade, summarise.
  • Creating design, produce, construct, plan,
    invent, reorganise, substitute, integrate,
    compose, formulate, rewrite.

  • Using Blooms questioning Language with Tony
  • Thinkers Keys eg The Environment
  • 1.The Reverse Key Name 6 things that cannot be
  • by humans. (LOS Remembering) (DISCOVERMOS
    Applying / CONVINCE HOSEvaluating)
  • 2.The Disadvantages Key Explain the
    disadvantages of
  • cutting down trees. (LOS Understanding) (
    DISCOVERMOS Applying) (PERSUADEHOS Evaluating)
  • 3. The Variations Key Tell us about the
    effectiveness of different ways of cleaning up
    oil spills.
  • (LOS Remembering) (ASSESS HOS Analysing)
    (DESIGNHOS Creating)
  • 4. The Brainstorming Key Why should we recycle?
  • (LOS Remembering) (CONVINCEHOS Evaluating)
    (ANALYSEHOS Analysing)

  • My e-mail address
  • christinegoodbody_at_hotmail.com
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