log·o·phile  /ˈlôgəˌfīl/ : noun. A lover of words                                                                                  s


Question: How can I learn new vocabulary that I will use in academic writing and everyday life?

You are going to start your own individual collection of vocabulary words in a moleskin. Why? The hope is that you will find sophisticated words that you will use again in your speech and writing.  Not because you have been told, but because you like them! You will collect these words and share them with others. On occasion, you will be asked to use them in your writing or speech.


  • As you read, record words that you are not familiar with by writing them on a bookmark. Keep this bookmark in your binder at all times. I will provide you with this bookmark.
  • 1:1- Create a document on your desktop labelled “new vocab”. Have it open and ready for new words you discover.


  • Choose words that are about a level two in sophistication and have some use to you. Eg. Vivacious, strenuous, amplify, immured
    •  Words you cannot use are level one words like cat, or level three words like  fimriated or numismatist . You shouldn’t use silly words you would never use again such as geebung [an Australian shrub]


  • You will have a moleskin which is either a notebook or duotang. This can be left in the classroom or in your binder. You will mark out the last 20 pages or so of this notebook for your “logophile”. (see example)
  • 1:1 Create a powerpoint or equivalent file that is labelled “Logophile”.


  • Record as you read. About every 1-2 weeks you will be asked to choose four of your words to work with and explore.


 Exploring Your Words

Every week or two, you will be asked to choose 4 words from your bookmark to explore. You must:

  1. Divide your page into four.
  2. Write the vocab word in colour
  3. Part of speech must be correctly identified and a dictionary definition
  4. Where you found/heard the level 2 word.
  5. ONE of the following tasks
    1. a.      A creative “showing” of the sentence that makes use of the word in such a context that someone could guess the word’s meaning. A showing sentence has an action verb, (not a telling verb, like was, is, are, am, were, be, been). Eg. Legacy- A legacy of the Ancient Roman civilization was their dome shaped buildings.  Vancouver’s BC Place is based on these architectural ideas.
    2. b.     A “stickfigure” drawing of a dialogue bubble or caption. The bubble or caption uses the word
    3. c.      Three different but related words. This does not mean adding a prefix or suffix to the word like un- or –ing or –s. A different but related word means it shares the root of its word with three other words. Eg. Fortitude- fortress, fortify, forte.
    4. d.     Two synonyms and two antonyms for the vocab word.
    5. e.      Other?


How assess?

  • Peers in your group review and check your assignment.
  • They mark out of /4 for completion and if correct (peer checks in dictionary if unsure)
  • After marking, you and your group will take turns presenting your words in a variety of ways. It can be any of the following or your own idea.
    • Use all four words in one sentence
    • Act out the words
    • Tell a short story that uses the words
    • Make up new sentences for your words
    • Ask your group members to use your word in a sentence
    • If you can use the words in this way, you will get another mark per word for a total of /8 for the assignment



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