Writing: Word Choice
Today's Snack: Here's a treat that is almost like a cloud. You might
start this one day in your after-school group, and then have your leader or a
student volunteer bring it home to complete the process, and back to the group
to serve. A "granita" is an Italian dessert that is like a frozen flavored ice
drink. These are "Minty Lemon Granitas":
C. cold water
mint leaves, washed
really helps to use a glass lemon juicer for this. Squeeze and then strain the
juice from the lemons. Keep the rinds.
the water into a saucepan. Add the lemon rinds and sugar. Heat gently and stir
until sugar dissolves. Then bring mixture to boil. Boil for 5 minutes.
from heat. Add lemon juice and mint leaves. Leave it alone to "infuse," or soak
up flavors, for 15 minutes.
into a shallow dish. Place in the freezer for 3 to 4 hours. Remove dish from
freeze. Break icy pieces into flakes with a fork. Return to freezer.
this breaking-up process several more times, until the mixture has the
consistency of loose ice crystals.
egg white 'til it holds its shape. Then fold into the granite, barely stirring.
in chilled glasses (clear plastic ones work fine if you don't want to use real
glass). Top each one with a sprig of mint leaves and a twist of lemon rind.
Yields 6 servings.
Internet access | dictionary and thesaurus for each student if available
"word cloud" is a collection of related words that all connect to the same
theme or idea. You can do your own by hand, or you can use a special computer
program that will create a typographical word cloud for you, automatically.
clouds are a work of art using words. The key word that you want to emphasize
is displayed much larger than the other words, and then the computer tilts some
words vertically or horizontally, and arranges them in a pleasing manner.
you want a word to appear a lot larger than the others, simply type it in
several more times than the other words. So you might want to type in your key
word 10 times, and then three secondary ones 4 times each, and all the other
words just one time each.
idea is to see how many words you can generate that all relate to the key word.
That'll show you how many options for word choices you have in a paper or essay
about a particular subject. You don't have to just keep using the same one or
two words - you have a whole world of words from which to choose!
activity is also good for showing you how words in a paragraph or a story are
like tiny water droplets in a cloud - each one is a part of a greater whole.
clouds are a great way to build your vocabulary and study how words relate to
IBM employee created the technology to allow you to type in a set of words for
your own word cloud, and either post it on the website, or take a "screenshot"
of it and print it out to keep.
might brainstorm ideas for word clouds before you get started, and have all
students do the same theme, or have everybody come up with a unique idea.
example, you could do a word cloud on favorite foods . . . things that are
ideal . . . types of sounds . . . a place for a dream vacation . . . and on and
the website. If a dictionary and/or thesaurus are available, they'll be a great
make a word cloud that will "rain" creativity!