Formation of Coping Skills – Exercise #2 (Single Story Word Usage)



Think about the life-cycle of a word. If the word makes its way into the favor of a language teacher, the students may be required to perform the simple assignment of “use each word in a sentence.”

Take this to the next level. Imagine the student is required to tell a story with sentences constructed using key words. Think what an arduous task this must appear for someone whose experience does not include impossible concepts and whose vocabulary does not include difficult words.

You will know more about the men in your groups than most, and if not then find out. Definitely you will have a leg up on the Presenter. Create a worksheet with words. Make it a game. This can be an insightful discussion starter.

The following is a whimsical grouping. Make your own lists and send feedback to ****<eMail MLBerg>***** to propose changes.

Words tell a story.

By Dan Zeorlin

caffeine. adrenaline. alcohol. sugar. starch. sodium chloride (table salt). nicotine. rubber. synthetics. peruse. pursue. penchant. permissive. pessimistic. persnickety. phlebotomist. lobotomy. lethargic. laryngitis. macroscopic. Laredo. lament. Lithuania. lithium. nickel. ion. iPod. iconoclastic. barium.

assassin. aspirin. insane. asylum. Iditarod. idiot. inherent. inane. interrogate.

Little Terry. Big Fish. Little Bird. Big Bird. forlorn. forsaken. fortunate. forsooth. Jeanne. Linda. Gregg. Jon. Jack. Ann. Cantonese. Malaysian. Persian.

extreme. vibration. caution. shock. warming. episode. abridged. abbreviated. legato. liberate. lentil. lascivious. laptop. aphrodisiac. arsenic. coffee.

Now if you can use all these words in a single story, I’ll be impressed! The point is, we barely recognize some things. How is anyone supposed to gain understanding for unfamiliar words? Like improvements made in caregiving: one at a time.



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