Literary Word of the Week (New contest from eNotes)Hi Guys, Here's something you or your students might want to take part in... eNotes is doing a Literary Word of the Week on Youtube. We pick a...

Literary Word of the Week (New contest from eNotes)

Hi Guys,

Here's something you or your students might want to take part in...

eNotes is doing a Literary Word of the Week on Youtube. We pick a word, talk about its use in a literary work, and then invite the audience to make a response video using the word in some way. The winner gets a free eNotes subscription and an iTunes gift certificate!

Check it out: http://youtube.com/watch?v=T0_VbsQRh0E

Please let your fellow teachers/students know about the Word of the Week!

Expert Answers
alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I placed links on my site to both your "eccentricity" challenge and one student's response.  I was wondering how you were going to offer each week's challenge?  Will there be a separate page we can visit to find each new word of the week?  Or will we continue to go to the original YouTube link and then find the new words under "related videoes" on YouTube?  I love the idea to enrich the program I started, so I want to be sure to find out how to access each new word.  Very cool!

I'll post here each week when we have a new one. They'll all be at different URLs, but you can also always just check http://www.youtube.com/enotes to see the latest one!

Thanks for all your support :)

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a great idea...just as I am getting ready to do my summer planning and trying to figure out a more intriguing way to introduce vocabulary!  My students score the lowest on standardized tests in vocab because it's like trying to nail Jello to a tree to get them to read anything for pleasure.  Thanks for this opportunity.  Will you also include prefixes and suffixes study?  I believe this to be a valuable option since knowing the meanings to these affixes helps with many words...not just one or two.  Thanks again! 

Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I did a Word of the Week in my school this year.  I asked each department to supply words (to create a sense of collaboration across the curriculum) and then created word posters every Monday.  It's surprising how many were displayed all over the building every week!  This is a link to my site that has our Words of the Week listed.

http://websterschools.org/webpages/swoodward/index.cfm?subpage=50735

Yours is a great idea that can work wonderfully with what we already have in place!  Thank you!

Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I placed links on my site to both your "eccentricity" challenge and one student's response.  I was wondering how you were going to offer each week's challenge?  Will there be a separate page we can visit to find each new word of the week?  Or will we continue to go to the original YouTube link and then find the new words under "related videoes" on YouTube?  I love the idea to enrich the program I started, so I want to be sure to find out how to access each new word.  Very cool!

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Wonderful idea - I am just thinking of how to "jazz up" my teaching for next academic year so this came at the right time! Thanks so much again for the service you guys provide and keep up the good work for all our sakes. This will be a great asset and addition to my teaching and it will be interesting to see how pupils will respond.

jeff-hauge eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Those firewalls can be tough. We can't access wikipedia (which I do not endorse for much more than a starting point for research, but a valuable one at that). But the loophole is to access answers.com which then pulls in the wiki articles as content.

Of course it took a 13 yr old to show me that.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Dang! Something else our firewall won't let us get to! I'd love for my students to take part in this, but they can't as a class because (1) not all of them have computers at home and (2) our district's firewall blocks YouTube. I'll definitely let them know about the contest, though.

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Do we go to the YouTube link to find out the word of the week, or will you tell us the word of the week on this thread?

Sounds very cool - Something I might be able to get my summer drama kids into doing! :)

Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Woo hoo!  Two of my students collaborated on the Word of the Week challenge!  I posted their YouTube videoes on my school website to try to promote your competition.  Thanks for the idea!

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sounds like a great idea - I'll definitely get my kids involved.  We should re-advertise in August/September as well, in order to hit up the teachers as school is starting.

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Yes we'll be doing this almost every week for the rest of the year, we're just trying to get it going for now!

kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What a neat idea!  I'll definitely spread the word.

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your students did a great job, Amethystrose!!!

alexb2 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hi, a new word of the week!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4J-ejVVGfQ

the contests are each open for a month, we'll be posting one video every two weeks until Sept, when we'll go to every week. Please post a response video if you like!

ermoran | Student

I really think that is a great idea.  And I agree with  sullymonster about advertising it again in August- September.