Build your vocabulary and improve your arguments

Below is a list of words and ideas from marking that may help students improve their writing :0)

NOTE: Even though I don’t necessarily agree with teaching writing in a piecemeal fashion, I do feel that helping students to improve their vocabulary and expression is essential … why? No, not for their exams (although that is going to help them for sure) but simply because being able to articulate your thoughts into a coherent argument is a life skill absolutely essential for young people heading into the fray with ultra conservatives hell-bent on killing the planet, or at least the human race. (Oh, and yeah – I know there’s wanky literary-type stuff in there that probably ain’t saving any tree or fish anytime soon. Bite me.)

laments
absolve
catharsis
precipitates
moral order
divine retribution
righteous
repercussions
demonstrative
ambition/inhibition
sensibility
preoccupation with …
new world thinker
a complete cessation of existence
immanence of death
manifests in …
ratifies
moral integrity
mediatation on …
inner argument
crystalises
religious reform
insinuating
antithetical
‘the apparel oft proclaims the man’ – Hamlet (re: Dickinson’s attire, all white)
pejorative
betrays
‘Don’t you think, my lord, that Beauty accounts for more than Truth?’ (Ophelia to Hamlet)
alerting audiences to …
cultural uncertainty
traditiinal set of values
conflict with society’s expectations
disillusioned with society
shared connection with ‘universal’ (significant) concepts and experiences
importance of family in framing an individual’s well-being and idenitity
enveloped
self-castigation
internal debates of the mind
religious tension and political turmoil
echoes the cultural anixeties of the time
rational thinking and self-exploration
…. speaks of …
embodiment of the sturggle between old and new values/ideals
imbued with
intrinisc moral code
a modern individual constrained by the views and expectations of a traditional society
eloquent
archetypal metanarrative of humanity
intellectual obstacles
propounds
propogated
superlative adjective
moral imperatives
linguistic hinge
postulates
torrid
reiterated
tragic consequences of freewill
selects reason over passion
places trust in the divine being
contemplative tone
tragic decision from which she cannot return
intimate poems
the audience is positioned to …
humanistic issues: love, revenge, rivalry, loyalty, politics, society
diction
deals with basic human emotions
flourishing
importance of morality in guiding one’s life
Aristotelian values
resolution
philosophical and moral questioning
antithesis
equivocation
analogous
ideological
clash between traditional Christianity and rising humanism
resonates
accentuates
eloquent and articulate language
inner turmoil
commentator on the social, religious and philosophical inconsistencies of the era
philosophical deliberation
own moral guidelines
moral ambiguity
musings
transcends time
monosyllabic
sympathy for
empathy for
aligned
inversion of speech
balanced sentencing
moral superiority
human desire for forgiveness

elucidates

initiates

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Build your vocabulary and improve your arguments

  1. Can I suggest a passive and relaxing technique for allowing the vocab to expand naturally? Listen to lit/culture critic podcasts. Slate has a great audio book club. The flow of the conversation helps students to see how they might express concepts in real life situations. I am a big fan of natural, organised writing. I got a few new words from this list, but would be more likely to use one concept well at a time. I tell ya what, if I saw this list as a HSC student I would have an anxiety attack! Doesn’t stop it being a great list though!
    Thanks for the post!

  2. Pingback: Teaching students to write with sophistication #ozengchat | Bianca Hewes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s