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E.G.O.T. Welcome! This slide presentation will teach you how to create a successful E.G.O.T. sentence that uses one of the vocabulary words you have collected for the week. It will also provide the criteria for you to be able to receive full credit for your E.G.O.T. sentences .

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Welcome!This slide presentation will teach you how to create a successful E.G.O.T. sentencethat uses one of the vocabulary words you have collected for the week. It will also provide the criteria for you to be able to receive full credit for your E.G.O.T. sentences.

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The Acropolis of All Acronyms is a writer’s notebook prompt I feature at my website. It has students create and reinvent acronyms.

Meaningful writing activity = E.G.O.T. sentences

Re-inventing acronyms is a fun activity. You take an initialized word (like CIA) and reinvent its definition. Could C.I.A. stand for Can investigate anyone? This idea could inspire something fun to write about. Click here for access to that lesson.

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acronym(noun) — a word formed from the initial letters of other words, like scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)

Acronyms are a commonly used modern technique for inventing new words. To be a true acronym, the topmost letters—when put together—must create a pronounceable word, like scuba, like NASA, or like radar.

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root analysis: acro(Greek root, meaning ‘high’ or ‘topmost’)+ onym(Greek root, meaning ‘name’)

Related Words:acrophobia – a fear of high placesacrobat—one who performs in high placesacrophyte—a plant that grows high places

acrostic—a poem inspired by the initial (or topmost)letters of a word or phrase

Don’t confuse acronyms with initialisms, which undergo a similar process to create a new word. The difference is that– instead of creating a word that can be pronounced—with an initialism, you simply say the names of the letters, like C.I.A., like a.m. and p.m., or like M.V.P.

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An E.G.O.T. is a modern day acronym. It was created by the people in showbiz. It’s a special recognition given to people involved in show-business who earn the four biggest awards in entertainment.

acronym(noun) — a word formed from the initial letters of other words, like scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)

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root analysis: acro(Greek root, meaning ‘high’ or ‘topmost’)+ onym(Greek root, meaning ‘name’)

Related Words:acrophobia – a fear of high placesacrobat—one who performs in high placesacrophyte—a plant that grows high places

acrostic—a poem inspired by the initial (or topmost)letters of a word or phrase

Can you name those four awards based on the name of the honor: E.G.O.T.? Click for a hint.

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Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony

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E.G.O.T.(noun) — an honor bestowed on only 11 entertainers in history who have won all four major entertainment awards: an Emmy (for television), a Grammy (for music and recordings), an Oscar (for films), and Tony (for live stage).

Showing sentence: Since a producer (like Scott Rudin) really just writes a check to pay for a production or an album, do we consider his E.G.O.T. more or less worthy than someone who earned theirs through artistry?

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My students and I so enjoyed our debate on whether a producer should be able to earn an E.G.O.T. (with his checkbook) that the acronym kept popping up in class.

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Anytime we looked at a group of four things lumped together, someone shouted out “E.G.O.T.” and we all laughed. I decided to make it an official grammar and vocabulary game.

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MakingVocabularyE.G.O.T.s

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Not every word out there—just like not every performer—can earn an E.G.O.T., but happily there are a lot more vocabulary E.G.O.T.s out there than there are artistic E.G.O.T.s.

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To be a vocabulary E.G.O.T., the same word has to come in all four major forms/parts of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb.

If it has all four forms, it has earned the title of “Vocabulary E.G.O.T.”

Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony

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Let’s look at some words that are true E.G.O.T.s:

If I give you one form, can you come up with the other three?

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(to) create

beauty

creative

(to) beautify

beautiful

creatively

creation

beautifully

purity (or pureness)

purify

purely

pure

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What we discovered is there are a lot of good vocabulary words out there that have three of the forms but not the fourth. More often than not, it was the verb that was missing. We jokingly called these attempts Tri (try)-G.O.T.s. Here are some examples:

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We had to establish a few rules for finding official E.G.O.T.s:

1. There had to be four different forms of the word to be a true E.G.O.T. If the noun and verb were the same form, for example, it wasn’ta true E.G.O.T.

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2. The adjective form couldn’tsimply be the –ing or –edform of the verb form; if it was, we called that a “cheap E.G.O.T.”

Pleasurable would have been the better choice.

goof

pleasure

(to) goof

(to) please

goofy

pleasing

goofily

pleasingly

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MakingVocabularyE.G.O.T.s

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As we tried to make E.G.O.T.s without consulting the dictionary, we surprised ourselves with our knowledge of parts-of-speech suffixes :

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-tion-ity-ness-er-dom

-ship-age-ism-age-ment

-ify-ize-ate-en-ate

-ous-al-y-ive-able

-ible-ful-less-ish-ic

-ly-ily

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MakingVocabularyE.G.O.T.s

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One of your choices for a meaningful writing activity with your vocabulary collections is to challenge yourself to find words that can be E.G.O.T.-ted. No Tri-G.O.T.s!

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This will help you learn the parts-of-speech suffixes.

This will help you discover different forms of your vocabulary words.

This will help you learn to accurately make use the following academic vocabulary when we talk: noun, verb, adjective, adverb, suffix, prefix.

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MakingVocabularyE.G.O.T.s

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One final requirement…and, of course, it involves writing something!

Once you have discovered a true E.G.O.T…like…

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…you need to put all four forms of the word into one repetitive and redundant-sounding sentence:

Lame sentence: His divergent divergence helped him divergently diverge.

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MakingVocabularyE.G.O.T.s

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One final requirement…and, of course, it involves writing something!

Once you have discovered a true E.G.O.T…like…

Meaningful writing activity = E.G.O.T. sentences

…you need to put all four forms of the word into one repetitive and redundant-sounding sentence:

Good sentence: His divergent interpretations of the poem diverged from mine, and the teacher divergently appreciated his divergence.

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excerpt from The Adventures of Tom Sawyerby Mark Twain

  The new boy took two broad coppers out of his pocket and held them out with derision. Tom struck them to the ground. In an instant both boys were rolling and tumbling in the dirt, gripped together like cats; and for the space of a minute they tugged and tore at each other's hair and clothes, punched and scratched each other's nose, and covered themselves with dust and glory. Presently the confusion took form, and through the fog of battle Tom appeared, seated astride the new boy, and pounding him with his fists. "Holler 'nuff!" said he.

    The boy only struggled to free himself. He was crying -- mainly from rage.

    "Holler 'nuff!" -- and the pounding went on.

    At last the stranger got out a smothered "'Nuff!" and Tom let him up and said:

    "Now that'll learn you. Better look out who you're fooling with next time."

Let’s Practice…

Read this short passage from Mark Twain about Tom Sawyer tormenting a new kid. Tom is kind of a bully in that book.

Which—if any—of the underlined words can be represented as an E.G.O.T.? Use your brains and your dictionaries to check your work before giving an answer.

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Click herefor a printed and longer version of this passage.

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TrueE.G.O.T.sfrom Tom Sawyer

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Four different forms of the same word…and avoid -ing and -ed adjectives.

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There will always be “Try-gots.” Find true E.G.O.T.s and celebrate them in your vocab work!

Emmy Grammy Oscar Tony

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Click hereto open a printable version of this rubric for your students.

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Can you make a silly sentence worthy of earning a point with one of these E.G.O.T.s?

derision, deride, derisive, derisively

resolution, resolve, resolute, resolutely

Captivity, captivate, captive, captively

Lame sentence: His divergent divergence helped him divergently diverge.

Good sentence: His divergent interpretations of the poem diverged from mine, and the teacher divergently appreciated his divergence.

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Consult your rubric several times before working on your words.

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E.G.O.T.

And don’t forget there’s a fun lesson online that has students continueexploring acronyms for their writer’s notebooks.

Thanks for watching.

Collect vocabulary to better your future. People will like you if you have a good vocabulary.

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The Acropolis of All Acronyms is a writer’s notebook prompt I feature at my website. It has students create and reinvent acronyms.

Meaningful writing activity = E.G.O.T. sentences

Re-inventing acronyms is a fun activity. You take an initialized word (like CIA) and reinvent its definition. Could C.I.A. stand for Can investigate anyone? This idea could inspire something fun to write about. Click here for access to that lesson.