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Word for the Day (WFTD)


How does the program work?

One vocabulary word is assigned to English students grades 10th, 11th, pre-AP, and AP each day.  The word will be projected on the board when the student enters the classroom.  The word will be accompanied by the part of speech, pronunciation, definition and an example sentence that demonstrates usage.  Each student must copy the word onto an index card.  The word itself is written one one side and the part of speech, pronunciation, definition and an example sentence are written on the other.  All students are responsible for keeping up with their cards and keeping them in their English notebooks at all times.  Students may occasionally have the opportunity to review their cards in class. 


Where do the words come from and why aren't they grade level specific?

The words come from a variety of sources such as college entrance exam guides and Taylor High School teachers.  The words are in addition to grade level vocabulary that students will learn during the course of the year.  They are designed to enhance student writer's vivid and specific word choices.  The WFTD is the same for all students for a reason.  Students should own that word, that day.  They should practice using the word with one another, parents, etc.  All high school teachers are emailed the word and are wonderful about using the word for the students whenever possible. 


How does the WFTD testing work?

WFTD testing is given about every 25 to 30 words.  The test will have nothing on it except the WFTD's.  The students must write the definition for the word that was provided for them and a sentence that demonstrates that the student knows how to use the word in proper context. 


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