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A question I hope isnt stupid...

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Chatterbox1607, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Chatterbox1607

    Chatterbox1607 New commenter

    I cant even believe I am writing this but I always tell my class that no question is a silly one ha. Would you describe adjectives as wow words...in your opinion are they the same thing?
     
  2. They'd only be wow words if they were great adjectives! 'Nice' is an adjective too! I use 'wow' words to mean any great vocab.
     
  3. angiebabe

    angiebabe New commenter

    Not all adjectives are WOW words imo. For example 'big' is just ordinary but 'gigantic' is a WOW word. You must alway be looking for the the less mundane if you want to call it a WOW word. Hope this helps.
     
  4. You have to be very specific with WOWs otherwise every random adjective or verb becomes a WOW to the children. For instance, green is an adjective, but in no way is this a WOW. Discuss with your class and create a list of WOWs that impress you all. An adjective such as hypnotic or transparent could be WOWs.
     
  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Good choices of adjectives certainly make writing more interesting. Have a look at this from The Children's University of Manchester:
    http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/literacy/wordclasses/adjectives.asp
    The first section in particular relates to choice of adjectives.
    There are a couple of resources in the Resources section that show that other types of words can be wow words:
    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/wow-words-UKS2-6001742/
    https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Wow-Words-6015068/
     
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    WOW Words also depend on the age of the children...what is WOW in year 1 isn't not necessarily WOW in year 6.
     
  7. WolfPaul

    WolfPaul New commenter

    However, if an item is green, then this may well be the best adjective to use. Beware the "writing by numbers" approach.
     
  8. wordclass

    wordclass New commenter

    Absolutely!
     
  9. I agree with the poster above - in year 1 the words big and green etc are wow words because they are better than nothing!!! But in Year 2 I am looking for more than that! etc etc
     
  10. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    The aged, tired cat slowly strolled along the circuitous, winding, dusty road because it was incredibly famished.
    Sometimes big works!! As does said.

     

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