Friday, January 30, 2009

Tip #23 Vocabulary Words

Today’s tip comes from Morgan Mandel. She says:

“When I read a Dean Koontz novel, I always find one or two words I never heard of before, so he increases my vocabulary. I don't recommend doing too many of those words in a book, because not everyone wants to take the time to figure them out.”

Thanks Morgan. You can catch up with Morgan at her blog Double M's take on books, blogs, dogs, networking & life.

So, look up with your students any new words you come across as you’re reading. You can then do vocabulary lists and have them come up with sentences using those words.

Have fun with words today. I’ll see you tomorrow with another award we’ve won here at the Books go Beyond Reading blog.


Helen Ginger said...

This may not be something you could do with young children, but when I read, I make note of phrases or ways that an author says something when those catch my eye. They're usually things that ring in my head and I think, ooh, I like that.

I'm not ever going to use those in my own writing, but it's inspirational to see what others have done.


Anonymous said...

I also jot down interesting new words and catchy witty phrases. Having a HUGE vocabulary is good, although one must exercise restraint in "showing off" one's vocabulary in writing a book. Like Helen, i never plagiarize another author's phrases, but they often inspire me in ways to think of creative phrases of my own.

Katie Hines said...

I always love learning new words. When I was in middle school, I got the dictionary out and learned one new word a week, using it often in the course of a day.

Chester Campbell said...

I also enjoy re-learning old words, ones I learned years ago but have seldom used.

Anonymous said...

Well, at least there is one good thing coming out of reading a Dean Koontz novel... Bwa ha ha!

Joy said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by today.
Helen I like your idea of jotting down things that get your attention. Many times I wished I had done that. Guess I’ll start up a notebook for quotes I like.
Marvin, I agree that having a large vocabulary is a good thing. The trick is knowing when to use those big or different words.
Katie, did you ever have one of those ‘word a day’ calendars? Another great way to pick up new words.
Chester, I like that, re-learning old words you don’t use very often. Great thought.
Christina, I guess that could be said about a number of authors or books.
Again, thanks everyone for stopping by.

Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks for including my tip in your blog today, Joy. I noticed at Books A Million that Dean Koontz has another book out. I wonder what words I'll learn from that one. (G)

Morgan Mandel

Joy said...

You're welcome Morgan. Let me know if you find any new words. :)


Shari Lyle-Soffe said...


Another great tip for reading with kids...thank you.


Anonymous said...

Great advice. And I love Koontz's writing, partly for that reason!

Joy said...

Shari and Heidi thanks for stopping by. I think if we can stimulate young minds to enjoy reading, not just read, that the world will end up being a better place. Don't you agree?