flesl.net paired stories: wordmatch: Eric Nordmark

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• Wordmatching Activity for “Eric Nordmark”

instructions for instructor:

• Below are forty “cards” to be xeroxed (preferably on stiff paper), clipped, and distributed to students.
• The cards on the left contain words taken from the story “Eric Nordmark”; the cards on the right contain words and phrases that are synonymous or nearly synonymous with the items on the left (or which, at the least, have closely associated meanings).
• The cards are to be distributed to the students. (The number of cards received by each student will depend on the number of students in the class. In a class of twelve, for example, eight students will receive three cards each and four students will receive four cards each.)
• The cards should be arranged in “packages” beforehand so as to ensure that no one receives a “pair” (i.e. two cards containing synonyms of each other).
• Once the students have their cards, they should examine them to ensure that they understand what is written on them. If they do not, they should quickly get the meanings from dictionaries or from the instructor.
• Next, the students should stand in an open area and circulate, looking at each other’s cards and trying to find the ones that match their own. (They should note the names of the students who have those cards.)
• When everyone is satisfied that they have found the matches for their own words, the students are to return to their places or stand quietly and then to take turns calling out one of their words. When a word has been called out, the person holding the matching card will respond by calling out the word or phrase that is on his or her card. This procedure continues until all the words have been called out and matched.

notes:
- For small classes it may be better to use only some of the words. Twenty cards should be enough for the exercise to work well. Of course if this were done it would be necessary to make sure that all the words were part of a pair. (I.e. all the words in circulation should have a synonym in circulation.)
- Below the words and phrases have been ordered so as to be usable as a “key”:the synonyms of the words in the first and second columns of the first row are in the third and fourth columns of the first row etc. Before being divided into “packages” however the cards should be well shuffled.
- The idea for this exercise was found in “Vocabulary” by John Morgan and Mario Rinvolucri, Oxford University Press, 1986 (p 118).

bar

carnival

stripe

circus

cell

complex

room for prisoner

group of buildings

confess

credible

admit

believable

detain

dismiss

keep in custody

allow to leave

drifter

groin

wanderer

crotch

lie

match

fib

resemble

molest

prosecutor

harass

want to be lawyer

razor

settle

shaver

have permanent home

sticker

stigma

label

mark of disgrace

term

testimony

period of time

statement in court