Grade Level 8
Lesson 39



  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 SALIENT, SALTINE and ENTAILS with a point value of 57 points.  If no one in the class identifies any 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.

·         SALIENT            outstanding; sticking outward

·         SALTINE            a square, thin salted cracker

·         ENTAILS            has as a necessary part


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

·         ENLIST            to enroll for military service; to obtain the support of

·         SALINE            containing salt

·         ALIEN            (adj) foreign, wholly different in nature or character; (n) a resident who was born in another country in which       he/she now lives; an extraterrestrial being

·         TINSEL            a thin strip of metal, paper or plastic that is used for decoration


  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.