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May 27, 2016

Can You Define Winning Words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee?

Have students test their obscure word knowledge through a fun Kahoot game. Can they define winning Scripps National Spelling Bee words from the past several years?


Subjects

English, social studies, journalism

Estimated Time

15 minutes

Grade Level

7th-12th grade

Activity

  1. Ensure that each student or pair of students has access to a laptop, computer or smartphone with Internet access.
  2. The teacher should go here on his or her computer and select the “Player vs. Player” option. Students should go to the Kahoot websiteenter the game code located at the top of the screen, and choose a nickname to join the game once the teacher selects “Start.”
  3. Students will select the definition they believe to be correct out of four multiple-choice options. They can compete with their peers for accuracy and speed.
  4. It is the teacher’s responsibility to click to the next question when students have submitted their answers.

Extension Activities

Click here for another PBS NewsHour word quiz.

Have students write a short story using as many of the ten words featured in the Kahoot quiz as possible. Bonus points for creativity!

by Amanda Wilcox, a senior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia.

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  • Standards

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    Relevant National Standards:
      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2.D Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2.D Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic and convey a style appropriate to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.2.D Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic; convey a knowledgeable stance in a style that responds to the discipline and context as well as to the expertise of likely readers.

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