High School

Play with Your Words

SAT Vocabulary Practice That’s Actually Fun

Cross-curricular connections don’t always entail leaps & bounds, bridge building and multi-verses. Some thought-provoking crisscrossing occurs within single words. Especially when those words are made up. 'How do you explain these terrible verbal SAT scores?'

Laura Hale Brockway offers 15 excellent examples of this fun phenomenon in her Oct. 1, 2014 post at impertinentremarks.com. Devised from 2 real words, each fictional word on Laura’s list also offers a definition and sample use for each. I’ve shared one below. Open her post in another tab for the rest. Then be sure to come back here for the SAT practice fun shown  below.

Laura’s List

1. Adminisphere
2. Bellignorant

3. Confrazzled – The state of being confused and frazzled at the same time.
Your inability to write and meet a deadline has left me completely confrazzled.

4. Dissockipate
5. Eloquacious

6. Faux woe
7. Hygienevangelist
8. Jobfuscate
9. Megatile
10. Rebootilence

11. Shnockered
12. Stample
13. Stresscalate
14. Trilemma

15. Unreoverlook

SAT Practice Fun:
(for before, during or after class & SAT prep/vocab practice any time)

  • Select a word from Laura’s list. Determine the 2 real words used to create it. Based on the correct definitions, explain as a tweet (140 characters) why this new word is correct/funny or not.
  • Select one of the fictional list words. Change one of its ‘root’ words or word ‘chunks’ to create a new term that is an antonym (opposite) of the original fictional word. For example, concalmed means confused yet becalmed, as in: I have no choice but to remain concalmed as I determine the best way to use gum and string to fix the leak in my boat. Repeat for the other 14 words.
  • Consult a vocabulary list (e.g. http://www.freevocabulary.com). Select two words to create your own fictional word. Provide a definition and sample use for the new word. Repeat 9-14 more times.
  • Select a theme or familiar activity. Examples include:  soccer practice, family dinners, learning to drive, or first dates. Use 2 real, SAT-worthy words to create up to 15 fictional words that describe or fit your chosen theme. Be sure to give definitions and examples of each.

Share your creations in the comment section, please!

Looking for more advanced vocabulary fun? Check out my FREE worksheet, Halloween Worksheet: Worthwhile Wordplay with Tricks & Treats on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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