Once upon a time there was a teacher who wanted her students to have a few laughs while they built their vocabularies. So for each word she wanted them to learn, she wrote a little poem.
The first poem was for “expunge.”
Expunging means erasing,
Wiping out, destroying.
Why not just expunge
The things you do that are annoying?
There are people in this world
I wish we could expunge.
Paris Hilton, for example–
It’s time she took a plunge.
Expunge is to wipe away, as you do with a sponge.
It was a simple system. She would present the word in context, highlight its definitions in bold, and finish with an all-important “Remember This” clue— a mnemonic hook to cement the meaning(s) of the word into the reader’s brain. And all the while, she did her best to be amusing.
Her students loved this new method and learned the words very quickly. Every week they would demand, “Did you write some new vocabulary poems??” When the kids were still able to remember the meanings months and months later, the teacher knew that she was onto something. So she found an agent, got a book deal, and The SAT Word Slam was born.
The book teaches over 500 SAT words—339 taught with individual poems and the other 178 taught in root families.
Each poem is followed by “Now You” lines where readers have room to write their own memory clues.
Yes, many of us still love books, so The SAT Word Slam is available as an app and a book.
And there are more volumes to come. . . .
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Erudite—this word is tight.
It’s smart and educated.
Erudite book lovers
Are the only guys I dated.
This is a vocab word
With which you should acquaint
Cause if you can’t define it
Then erudite you ain’t.
Erudite means very bright.