Grade Level 7
Lesson 34



  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 word is DEVIANT with a point value of 61 points.  If no one in the class identifies the word, then take a few minutes to introduce the word by discussing its (1) spelling (2) pronunciation, (3) definition, (4) part of speech and (5) use in a sentence.

·         DEVIANT            (adj) going away from accepted standards of behavior; (n) a person whose behavior differs from acceptable           moral behavior


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

·         DETAIN            to prevent from proceeding; to hold as in prison

·         DIVAN              a large couch with no back or arms

·         INVADE            to enter for conquest; to disturb or intrude on; to spread harmfully

·         ADVENT            the arrival; in Christianity, the season before Christmas

·         NAÏVE              marked by honest simplicity; showing lack of informed judgment

·         AVID                very eager


  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.