Grade Level 7
Lesson 25



  1. Students will use phonetic and structural analysis and knowledge of words to expand their vocabulary.



  1. Write the letters and point values on the board before the students arrive.
  2. Give the students a couple of minutes to create the highest scoring word out of the letters of the day.  Remind them that if they use all 7 letters, they score a Scrabble “bingo” and get a 50 point bonus.
  3. Ask the students to volunteer the words they have created and list those words on the board with their point values. Make sure to point out homophones, homonyms, prefixes, suffixes, word roots and words with more than one definition. 
  4. Today’s highest scoring words are SERVILE and REVILES with a point value of 60 points.  If no one in the class identifies either of the words, then take a few minutes to introduce the words by discussing their (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence.

·         SERVILE            lacking spirit or independence

·         REVILES            insults


  1. Here are some other words that can be derived from today’s set of letters.  The definitions come from the Scrabble dictionary.

·         REVEL            to celebrate

·         VILE            completely bad

·         LEVER            a bar used to pry or move something

·         SIEVE            a device with meshes or holes to separate finer articles from coarser ones or solids from liquids

·         SLIVER            a small or narrow portion


  1. Ask students to reflect on the strategies they used to create their highest scoring word.
  2. Ask students to add these new words to their vocabulary notebook.